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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    In the poem How to Tell Wild Animals, the poet says that a chameleon is a lizard-like reptile. However both are different as it does not have ears and wings like lizards. And the most important thing that makes it different from lizard is that it can change its colour and thus becomes invisible. IfRead more

    In the poem How to Tell Wild Animals, the poet says that a chameleon is a lizard-like reptile. However both are different as it does not have ears and wings like lizards. And the most important thing that makes it different from lizard is that it can change its colour and thus becomes invisible.

    If we find nothing on the branch of a tree, then there will be a chameleon because it has changed its colour.

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    In the poem How to Tell Wild Animals, "beasts of prey" is means animals which hunt other animals for their food. e.g. tiger, lion, leopard, crocodile etc. According to the poet, an unexperienced person can get confused between a hyena and a crocodile. Both are different because one of them is herbivRead more

    In the poem How to Tell Wild Animals, “beasts of prey” is means animals which hunt other animals for their food. e.g. tiger, lion, leopard, crocodile etc. According to the poet, an unexperienced person can get confused between a hyena and a crocodile.

    Both are different because one of them is herbivores animal (hyena) while the other is carnivorous (crocodile) i.e. beast of prey.

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    Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    In the poem How to Tell Wild Animals, the bear is described as a creature which kills its prey by hugging very tightly. According to the poet, if we find an animal which hugs us very tightly and does not allow us to escape, it is a bear. It will be useless to cry before him because by doing so, we wRead more

    In the poem How to Tell Wild Animals, the bear is described as a creature which kills its prey by hugging very tightly. According to the poet, if we find an animal which hugs us very tightly and does not allow us to escape, it is a bear.

    It will be useless to cry before him because by doing so, we will make the bear hug more tightly and finally crushing us to death.

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    The poem How to Tell Wild Animals is a humorous poem in which the poet tells how a person can recognise animal. The method suggested of recognising animals i.e. watching them how they eat us is quite funny. According to the poet, if an animal kills us while roaring, it is Bengali Tiger. If an animalRead more

    The poem How to Tell Wild Animals is a humorous poem in which the poet tells how a person can recognise animal. The method suggested of recognising animals i.e. watching them how they eat us is quite funny.

    According to the poet, if an animal kills us while roaring, it is Bengali Tiger. If an animal eating us has yellow skin and black spots on it, it is Leopard. If an animal kills us by hugging tightly, it is a bear.

    She further says that there is difference between hyena and crocodile. While former (hyena) has smiling face, crocodile has tears in its eyes. In the last stanza, she says that a chameleon is different from lizard as former has no wings or ears like the latter. Moreover a if nothing is seen on a tree, there can be a chameleon as it can change its colours.

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    The rhyme scheme of the poem How to Tell Wild Animals by Carolyn Wells is ABABCC. Read summary of this poem.

    The rhyme scheme of the poem How to Tell Wild Animals by Carolyn Wells is ABABCC.

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    The message and moral of the poem How to Tell Wild Animals is that one can identify the animals and differentiate among them by watching them how they eat us. e.g. an animal roaring while killing us is Bengali Lion, while an animal with yellow skin and dark spots on it is Leopard.  Next an animal whRead more

    The message and moral of the poem How to Tell Wild Animals is that one can identify the animals and differentiate among them by watching them how they eat us. e.g. an animal roaring while killing us is Bengali Lion, while an animal with yellow skin and dark spots on it is Leopard.  Next an animal which would kill us by hugging us tightly is bear.

    An inexperienced person can distinguish between hyena and crocodile by watching them. One which smiles is hyena while the one which has tears in its eyes is crocodile. Finally, she tells difference between chameleon and lizard. According to her chameleon can change its colours and become invisible.

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    Following literary/poetic devices or figures of speech are used in the poem How to Tell Wild Animals by Carolyn Wells: Personification: It is the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something non-human (animal, plant or non-living thing). In the poem, the poet uses personifiRead more

    Following literary/poetic devices or figures of speech are used in the poem How to Tell Wild Animals by Carolyn Wells:

    1. Personification: It is the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something non-human (animal, plant or non-living thing). In the poem, the poet uses personification. e.g. she describes the lion, the leopard and the bear by the pronoun he which is used for humans. In addition, a bear does not hug its prey but crushes to death. This is again an example of personification.
    2. Alliteration: It is the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. In the poem the poet uses alliteration. e.g. you as you’re dying”, “whose hide”, “when you’re walking”, “round your yard” etc.
    3. Enjambment: it is the continuation of a sentence without a pause beyond the end of a line, couplet, or stanza. In the poem, poet uses enjambment. e.g. if ever you should go by chance to jungles in the East”.

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    The poem How to Tell Wild Animals is humorous and does not deal with any serious theme. It simply tells how to recognise wild animals. And they method chose by the poet is queer. She says that we will be able to recognise an animal by the way it kills us. If it roars while killing us, it is a lion.Read more

    The poem How to Tell Wild Animals is humorous and does not deal with any serious theme. It simply tells how to recognise wild animals. And they method chose by the poet is queer. She says that we will be able to recognise an animal by the way it kills us.

    If it roars while killing us, it is a lion. If an animal with yellow skin and dark spots on it eats us, it is leopard. And if an animal kills us by hugging tightly, it is bear etc. In the end, the poet also mentions how to differentiate between crocodile and hyena and chameleon and lizard.

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