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

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Comment 27 of 57, added on April 21st, 2010 at 7:07 AM.
Use of irony in the poem

Macavity is one of the most challenging poems to teach in class. The use of
allusions and humuour makes the ironyt very meaningful for all. A
thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Nandita Mishra from India
Comment 26 of 57, added on April 11th, 2010 at 9:31 AM.
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This Poem is extremely humourous as there is use of hyperbole. The poet
tells us about how macavity is very dangerous and hard to catch(use of
repetition, "macavity's not there", to emphasise difficulty in the capture
of Macavity). Yet, later in stanza 5, "Or when the milk is missing, or
another Peke's been stifled,
Or the greenhouse glass is broken, and the trellis past repair--" shows
that the crimes were childish and sort of low. Committment of low crime
yet, the poet exagerates that he is the napoleon of crime and that he is
dangerous. This adds humour to the poem- as it is - the purpose of

Mione from Singapore
Comment 25 of 57, added on December 3rd, 2008 at 10:01 AM.

The interesting part in the poem is how a cat is just like a crook and does
the vanishing act everytime and is far away from the scene of crime.It is
wonderful to see the cat is wonderfully human.

devicka arora from India
Comment 24 of 57, added on November 3rd, 2008 at 8:54 PM.

I've always loved this poem by T.S. Eliot, ever since I was a little child.
It is one of my absolute favorite (as a matter of fact, I own the book
"Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats") that I could still cite most of it
from memory and I now share with my students. However, I have to comment
on whomever posted this, for he/she failed to check the spelling. There
are many spelling errors!

S.T. from United States
Comment 23 of 57, added on November 2nd, 2008 at 11:26 AM.

i read it when i was a kid and enjoyed it thoroughly and now as a mom i
often recite it for my daughter

mohika kohli from India
Comment 22 of 57, added on May 20th, 2007 at 8:29 PM.

Gah!! this poem is SOOOO funny...i have a final covering this tomm!

emilia from Ecuador
Comment 21 of 57, added on March 17th, 2006 at 3:07 PM.

This is a song that my sister did in her performance Night On Broadway!!!

Meline from United States
Comment 20 of 57, 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 57, 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 57, added on February 19th, 2006 at 9:07 PM.

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


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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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