Animals Animals

Notice the use of the word 'turn' in the first line, "I think I could turn and live with animals ... ''. What is the poet turning from?
The poet is turning away from his human form and wants to be an animal. He wants a transformation as he would rather want to be an animal than a human.
Mention three things that humans do, and animals don't.
Do humans kneel to other humans who lived thousands of years ago? Discuss this in groups.
What are the 'tokens' that the poet says he may have dropped long ago, and which the animals have kept for him?
I think I could turn and live with animals; they are so placid and self-contain'd, I stand and look at them long and long. a. What does the poet want to turn into? b. Which qualities of animals attract the poet? c. What poetic device has been used in the above lines? d. What does the poet long for? Why?
They do not sweat and whine about their condition, They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins, They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God, a. How have human being described in these lines? b. Why do humans lie in the dark? c. What makes the poet sick?
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things, Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago, Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth. a. What does the poet call a mania here? b. Why are the animals satisfied? c. How do the animals feel on earth?
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago, Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth. a. Who does 'another' refer to here? b. Who is the poet referring to that lived thousands of years ago? c. What does 'kneel' symbolises here? d. Explain ‘Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth’.
So they show their relations to me and I accept them, They bring me tokens of myself, they evince them plainly in their possession I wonder where they get those tokens, Did I pass that way huge times ago and negligently drop them? a. Who does 'they' refer to here? b. Explain the line: "They bring me tokens of myself" c. Which word in the stanza means "show"? d. What does the poet feel that he had dropped?
I wonder where they get those tokens, Did I pass that way huge times ago and negligently drop them? a. What does the poet wonder? b. Why does the poet say that he negligently dropped them? c. Which word in the stanza means "carelessness"?
Why does the poet like animals?
Explain the satisfaction that animals have and humans don’t?
What does the poet mean by ‘Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth’?
Why does the poet say ‘Did I pass that way huge times ago and negligently drop them’?
Why does the poet become sick when one discusses one’s duty to god?

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