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

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Comment 25 of 55, 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 55, 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 55, 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 55, 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 55, 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 55, 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 55, 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 55, added on February 19th, 2006 at 9:07 PM.

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

Comment 17 of 55, 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 55, 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

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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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