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Analysis and comments on Poem (As the cat) by William Carlos Williams

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Comment 10 of 20, added on January 22nd, 2006 at 1:11 PM.

For me it's about catness... not a young cat or an old cat or a red or
yellow cat... just a cat... through danger so very, very carefully, softly
and quietly to safety. I love all the pitty pat Ps and Ts. Poems, WCW, and
the "ness" of things.

Davey from Canada
Comment 9 of 20, added on December 8th, 2005 at 6:11 PM.

Sexual experience where the person "steps" into the "empty flowerpor" which
means lack of virginity, with the "flower" in the pot being a symbol of
virginity, which is not there.

Cool Man from United States
Comment 8 of 20, added on November 1st, 2005 at 8:07 AM.

Look at how the poem is broken into three, small pad-shapes. Like the
footprints of a cat walking carefully with one foot in front of the

Jen from United States
Comment 7 of 20, added on October 13th, 2005 at 8:37 PM.

I agree with Ierato. Perhaps there is something in the visual
displacement, the cat descends from the top to emptiness, the technique of
an open downward spiralling (used almost obsessively by Wallace Stevens).

Troy from Australia
Comment 6 of 20, added on August 9th, 2005 at 11:38 AM.

The poem is written in free verse suggesting a typical imagist poem. A
visual scene is described through use of metaphor and juxtaposing.

Dylan from South Africa
Comment 5 of 20, added on August 1st, 2005 at 5:57 AM.

i read this poem with my lecturer he brought so much passion and drama into
the whole poem and made it so real and easy to relate with

lerato from South Africa
Comment 4 of 20, added on June 15th, 2005 at 5:39 PM.

your commments are either completely vapid and without content or simply
ignorant, in the sense that it seems you read with a blind fold on.

try the title, "poem," for a hint as to how you might start the process of
reading it. this, it appears is a beutiful image of the animal of poetry: a
poem as the cat.

danny from United States
Comment 3 of 20, added on November 12th, 2004 at 5:28 PM.

I think that the writer of this poem was telling us that there is an empty
feeling in this cats life as well as his own.
I love this poem, it really speaks to me for some strange reason.

Andrea from Canada
Comment 2 of 20, added on October 20th, 2004 at 7:12 PM.

Very nice poem. Simple..yet..it seems to work somehow.

Katie from United States
Comment 1 of 20, added on October 18th, 2004 at 8:39 PM.

This a unique poem. there are not that many symbols in it, but it makes
you think. overall, i think it is a well thought out poem.

Alec from United States

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Poet: William Carlos Williams
Poem: Poem (As the cat)
Year: 1934
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: May 3 2004

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