Poet: Wallace Stevens
Poem: A Rabbit As King Of The Ghosts
Poem of the Day:
May 21 2005
Comment 6 of 6, added on December 4th, 2007 at 8:33 PM.
Very nice imagery,but either Stevens didn't own a cat, or didn't pay much attention to it. The night is prime hunting time. I live on an old farm in the woods with a 16 year old cat that can still take down rabbits, squirrels, and mice and moles by the hundreds, and she often does it at night. look at a cat's eyes sometime in the evening, their pupils are gigantic- Great for night vision. If Stevens was trying to pass along a pastoral image of safety shrouded in the coming dark, he needs to take a closer look at the cats eyes.
Comment 5 of 6, added on May 17th, 2007 at 6:30 PM.
to "fill the four corners of night" is the blissful state of feeling in harmony with the world. stevens worked as an insurance agent during the day-- in the night, he felt his poetic self come alive. the "rabbit" is of course a weird image for the poetic self-- but the poetic self is an eccentric self.
the shifts in size that the rabbit and the cat go suggest a power struggle between them-- the poet is trying to whittle away the presence of the cat, because the cat stands in the way of the ability of the rabbit to feel fully inspired. The cat, in my view, stands for the unhappy domestic life that stevens lived (his wife was somewhat insane, totally against his poetic enterprises, and they were unhappily married).
By reducing the cat, in the end, to a little bug, the poem ends optimistically. But night doesn't last forever-- it is a cyclical struggle that the poet will have to go through.
p from United States
Comment 4 of 6, added on May 14th, 2007 at 8:13 AM.
I have to Recite this poem for a project
Catherine from United States
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