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Writers who defined the Animal characters

Post by: Sudipto Ghosh

 Masterpieces breaching the barriers of time and culture, novelists and story writers have fascinated the readers with their haunting as well as lovable description of animal behavior and personifying the idea with human attitude. From every corner of the world, writers like  Mei Yu Ch'en who has described on the humming  swarms of mosquitoes to William Cullen Bryant's solitary waterfowl and Rainer Maria Rilke's enchanted gazelle, from Auden on cats and dogs to E.E. Cummings's verse in the shape of a grasshopper to James Merrill's vision of the octopus, Animal Poems is a classic selection of 136 poems that provide invigorating access to literature's glorious lyric zoo.


 "The White Seal" by Rudyard Kipling


"Oh! hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us,

And black are the waters that sparkled so green.
The moon, o'er the combers, looks downward to find us
At rest in the hollows that rustle between.
Where billow meets billow, there soft be thy pillow;
Ah, weary wee flipperling, curl at thy ease!
The storm shall not wake thee, nor shark overtake thee,
Asleep in the arms of the slow-swinging seas."


Rudyard Kipling sings a baby seal to sleep using this lullaby.


The passage is one of the most fascinating script based on the narrations by the Anglo-Saxon poet. He praises the giant blue whales dwelling in the ice cold waters of the Northern Hemisphere. While in a famous composition, Shakespeare @Wiliam Shakespeare spins a crafty story around a Hare, while Marianne Moore tries to snap at a dangerous jelly-fish in the waters of Pacific. Virgil and Emily Dickinson have played with the idea of Bees pollinating the buds. 


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