Ode on the dead cat


PosterĄG Gina Huang at 18:14:30 3/15/98 from h171.s28.ts30.hinet.net
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Ode is a long, stately lyric poem in stanzas of varied metrical pattern. The Greek ode began in choral celebrations of songs danced to measure, which the Greek drama adopted. Then Pindar took over the dramatic ode to celebrate the feats of athletes. The later eighteenth century reembraced Pindar. So I think "ode" is used to celebrate something.
The cat was on a lofty vase's side. Does that mean she was sitting beside the vase or she was only a pattern on one side of the vase? She was looking at the lake, and pensively rested her bones there. The first stanza is describing the location. Is that necessary? I mean can we remove the first stanza?
The second stanza is depicting and also celebrating her appearance. Because she was the speaker's favorite cat, so everything of her is perfect. She had a fair round face, the snowy beard, and the paws that feel like velvet. Even her purring is his best liked
I can't grasp the third stanza. "Two angel forms were seen to glide." Does that mean her lucky angels were leaving her, and there will be a disaster coming soon? Then she had a burning desire. Maybe she saw a fish in the lake and she stretched her paws trying to catch it. But in vain, she didn't get anything. "What female heart can gold despise?" The speaker means that no female can hate gold. Every woman sees gold or jewelry or any precious stones would have an ardent hunger to obtain it. The woman's love of gold is similar to the love of fish to a cat. Does this poem also have a message for male? Does the speaker suggest that to win a female's heart, male can use gold to seduce them? For no woman can loathe gold. But in this way, no one can really earn true loves. Maybe the speaker means just the opposite! Since no lady can resist all those valuables, don't show them the cash. If women know you are a wealthy guy, they might love your money, not yourself. So the speaker might kind of hint male how to win a lady's heart.
"Again she stretched, again she bent." She didn't give up! Then a malignant fate sat by and smiled at her. She tumbled and fell into the water. Head first! She came to the water surface 8 times, trying hard to ask for help. She mewed to every watery god, but still to no avail. She died, a favorite, beautiful cat has no friend to help.
The last stanza teaches and instructs us with a moral. Never surrender to any seduces from the vain world. In this materialized world, we can easily fall into a fast life. Only one step wrong, you can never again go back. There is much enticing stuff in the world, and we can never gain all of them. Instead of having a want for everything, we can lead an easy simple life. "Not all that glisters, gold." We sometimes pursue something we think are valuable, but in the end, we get nothing, and we might even lose some more priceless things in our lives. How can we be so careless!



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