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Analysis and comments on Macavity: The Mystery Cat by T.S. Eliot

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Comment 20 of 50, added on March 17th, 2006 at 1:44 PM.

I used this in school. The verse that describes Macavity is very vivid.
The students drew pictures depicting the size, shape, color ect. It is a
great example of imagery.

nanci from United States
Comment 19 of 50, added on February 25th, 2006 at 1:06 PM.

McCavity is the feline incarnation of Professor James Moriarty, the
Napoleon of Crime in the Sherlock Holmes stories of Sir Arthur Conan
Both McCavity and Moriarty have high domed foreheads. Their heads oscillate
like a snake's.
Both are masters of complicated long division sums and other aspects of
Both names are Irish.
Moriarty's criminal activity is not suspected by Scotland Yard, therefore,
like McCavitiy's, his fingerprints aren't in their files.
Moriarty and McCavity have minions who do the work and are known to
Scotland Yard - so when they reach the scene of crime, McCavity and
Moriarty aren't there!

Marilyn Penner from Canada
Comment 18 of 50, added on February 19th, 2006 at 9:07 PM.

I like this poem alot because i have four naghty kittens.

Comment 17 of 50, added on January 10th, 2006 at 6:40 PM.

jayant pindolia he cant write any more poems because he is dead

max from United Kingdom
Comment 16 of 50, added on January 7th, 2006 at 8:55 AM.

The lighter side of Eliot is revealed in this poem. The central theme of
the poem is "an animal creature wonderfully human". The cats description in
human terms is certainly the main source of humour in the poem. The poet's
fancy plays merrily round this central theme to bring to life a dozen
different kinds of cats, all corresponding to diverse human types, and
belonging to different social milieux. The charm of Macavity: The Mystery
Cat comes from its neat rhymes and galloping rythym as well as the comic
effect of a master-criminal who is in fact a cat. 'Macavity' naturally
divides itself into two parts: 'Mac (son) and 'cavity (hole. Cavity is
significant when we realize that Macavity specializes in doing the
vanishing trick. Further, 'cavity' carries with it the suggestion of the
Latin word 'cave' meaning 'beware'. In the line `It must have been
Macavity!' feline and human logic have been deliberately mixed up for
humorous effect.

Chirag VijayVargiya from India
Comment 15 of 50, added on November 13th, 2005 at 9:20 PM.

I enjoyed this poem the most out of T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of
Practical Cats" because Macavity it the King Pin. I also enjoy the
repetitive line "macavity's not there"!

Danielle from United States
Comment 14 of 50, added on October 22nd, 2005 at 4:45 PM.

I first heard this poem when i was only 4, my mum read it to me for a
bedtime story. I loved it and I still do even after 10 yrs.

Rebel_Chick901 from Ireland
Comment 13 of 50, added on October 19th, 2005 at 11:04 AM.

T.S. Elliot being a great poet of such sarcasm involved issues has
contributed great services in pointing out things that may seem to be
Humorous in one end and sarcasm in the other. These issues are clearly
depicted by the quotations of institutions such as “Scotland Yard” and
their inability to track down the convict. Macavity is a cat empowered with
capabilities of levitating causing the theory of Gravity to transform into
a flaw. Macavity although once being a Cat later seems to be a Human,
through involving in greater crimes that may almost be a possibility of
action conducted by only-human. The cat being as powerful as the great
Napoleon has a few gang mates who are later named as Mungojerrie and
Griddlebone. These crooked Cats are great convicts causing mass destruction
in their vicinity. Yet the Scotland Yard couldn’t detect the convicts and
take legitimate action against them. The evident against all Cats confessed
for the illegitimate doings are vanished along with them So Macavity has
always been a mastermind behind the scene of many ill-conducts.
Yet-for-all, Macavity is a great poem for kids and literature students and
has the ability to create enthusiasm in them.

Zumri from Sri Lanka
Comment 12 of 50, added on July 7th, 2005 at 12:03 PM.

I have loved this poem since I was 8. Whenever we had to pick a poem to
read, I always chose this one and everybody moaned because it was too long
and they wanted to go to break. *sigh*

laurie from United Kingdom
Comment 11 of 50, added on July 6th, 2005 at 4:55 AM.

me ha gustado mucho este poema!!! realmente he disfrutado leyendolo. i
like it very much

gema from Spain

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Poet: T.S. Eliot
Poem: Macavity: The Mystery Cat
Volume: Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Apr 6 2008

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