In this poem, Morgan adopts the persona of a hyena identified in the title and describes its environment, characteristics and lifestyle.
We get a sense of the animal’s patient, menacing personality as it waits for its next meal. Hyenas are nocturnal carnivores, found in Africa and Eurasia, and are generally perceived to be scavengers.
The hyena in this poem is a spotted hyena, the largest species, which lives in sub-Saharan Africa. Spotted hyenas, unlike other species, hunt their own prey rather than relying on scavenging alone.