Animal Farm


Its April of 2020 and Day 01 of A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing Metaphors. Be it a movie, song, painting, book, idiom, etc. I plan to give a perspective to it with an explanation and a 8 line poem. 


Day 01 Metaphor: Animal Farm

Animal Farm is a book by George Orwell published in 1945. The story line of the book is that a group of farm animals rebel against their owner (farmer – human). They intend to create a society where animals are treated equally and are free. The animal herd is led by a pig. Under the leadership of pigs, the animals are however later betrayed and end up in a similar and much worse state as before. The book is a metaphor reflecting the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the Stalin era.

For me, the book stands as a metaphor much larger than that. It talks about how a leader with poor vision can spoil the community and culture. It’s a metaphor that a leader who does not care can do no good to the civic. Through my poem, I want to bring this out using ‘Animal Farm’ as a metaphor.

I see the ears,
I guess they aren’t used.
And I see the years.
I can ‘see’,
I guess that’s the problem.
No, I am not an owl.
Okay, sorry,
Howdy ‘Animal farm’.

The poem also uses several other metaphors. The leader with no ears, and years have been passing by. Though there is one who can see, is helpless, and like an owl blinded for the day.

20 thoughts on “Animal Farm

  1. Excellent poem Prakash….
    Can I share a funny story with you?? When I was 10 years old I read “Animal Farm”. I found the story captivating. I cheered for the animals…I read it thru a child’s eyes.
    Fast forward & I was 16 in High School & we were told we were going to rad & study “Animal Farm”. We were asked if anyone read it. I was the only one to put my hand up. I gave my opinion about the book. We then read it & studied it & you know reading it that 2nd time & knowing what it really was about made me very sad. I MUCH preferred my childhood interpretation of the book! LOL 😉
    {{hugs}} Sherri-Ellen

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    • I totally get that. When I read the book for second time 2 years later, it made a different sense.

      I can relate to some extent the way you might have visualized the difference with many years gap.

      I love the story. It speaks reality.

      Thank you so much for sharing this story. 🙂


    • Really! I still have vivid memories of your last years challenge. 🙂 (the toddler (tuneer) stories, not exactly the words you had.)

      Thank you so much. Means a lot to me. Working my best. 🙂


  2. Wow! Now, I should pick up Animal Farm. It is so much relevant to the current crisis. You have placed the opinion about leadership in a soft manner, like teaching a baby about world revolution. Great start, now don’t stop.

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