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Collected Poems, 1909-1962 - Ariel Poems - Animula Summary & Analysis

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Ariel Poems - Animula Summary

T.S. Eliot uses this poem to show how animals, a cat in this case, go about their daily routine of living without worrying. This is in direct contrast to the struggle humanity goes through in their efforts to survive in an oftentimes cruel world. Eliot shows the reader an animal spending his day interacting with humans, playing and curling up for a sleep. He indicates their amusement at little things such as the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree. In the end, Eliot shows that human beings wish they could live life as such and not have great conflicts and tragedies in their lives.

Ariel Poems - Animula Analysis

The theme of this poem is the struggle to maintain a dignified human existence. While animals go about their life matter-of-factly and according to their instinct, humans...

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