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The use of symbolism in poetry is common It takes a poem with a literal meaning and adds a figurative meaning to it One can look at something with symbolism see either the literal understanding or the figurative interpretation and get something out of the poem In any example of symbolism a reader can look at the literal meaning and the figurative meaning in different degrees to make the poem as deep as they would like If they read the poem Curiosity with the literal translation in mind they will see a comparison of dogs vs cats and their individual behaviors that characterize each species The speaker talks about cats in a way that makes them sound noble and audacious whereas the dogs just seem like drooling creatures of habit Cats go out and do a variety of things that may put them in danger but if they get hurt from an incident they always learn from it They never tend to get hurt from the same things it is always something new and unknown Cats want to continue learning new things throughout their lives They wander to far off places make love to all different types of lovers make new human friends and just explore where they can When the speaker talks of cats dying time and time again he isnt meaning that they literally die Instead the speaker simply means that different things are continuously hurting the cats they learn from it and live to tell the tales If a cat died because of curiosity it was only because the cat wanted to know what death was like and chose purposely to die and to experience something new Dogs are very much creatures of habit They stay with the same families in the same yard get the same paper everyday and play with the same children There is no risk in their lifestyle and therefore they rarely ever think or even live
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