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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

In addition to ample doses of repetition, anaphora, and allusions to Sherlock Holmes and Napoleon, this comic poem uses the following poetic devices. Rhyming couplets convey a pleasing, sing-song...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2020, 1:26 pm (UTC)

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

In this poem, T.S. Eliot personifies the cat, then uses that personification to assert that humans have a three-level psyche. To personify is to give an animal or inanimate object human traits....

Latest answer posted May 8, 2020, 4:42 pm (UTC)

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

Gus, although not one of my favorites from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, is an interesting character nonetheless. After reading this summary, I would suggest watching the excerpt from the...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2010, 9:14 am (UTC)

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

"Macavity: The Mystery Cat" by T.S. Elliot was printed in a collection of poems written between 1909 and 1962, and prior to his death in 1965. The poem is particularly humorous. The rhyme scheme...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2010, 1:18 pm (UTC)

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

Not all works of literature have a theme; some authors write merely to express a sentiment or to create an image. However, if we had to analyze T.S. Eliot’s “Macavity: The Mystery Cat” for theme,...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2019, 1:39 pm (UTC)

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

The term "ginger" is used in British English to refer to a yellow-orange color resembling that of the dried spice ginger, made from the ground root of the ginger plant and commonly used in many...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2016, 6:31 pm (UTC)

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

The fundamental elements of poetic form are line breaks, rhythm, metrical feet, and rhyme. T.S. Eliot's playful poem "Macavity The Mystery Cat" is part of his larger work Old Possum’s Book of...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2018, 2:28 am (UTC)

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

One poem in T. S. Eliot’s book about cats is “The Naming of Cats.” The speaker asserts that cats are fundamentally mysterious and secretive, so a cat will have several names—not all of them will be...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2019, 2:55 am (UTC)

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

The answer to your question can be found in "The Naming of Cats." It is implied that having a name that's particular enables a cat to stand proudly with a "perpendicular" tail. This cat will be...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2021, 8:51 pm (UTC)

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

To write a critical analysis of a poem, we first want to make a decision on the overall theme of the poem. We then want to literally criticize the poem, meaning "judge [its] merits and and faults"...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2015, 3:59 am (UTC)

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

Eliot effectively makes use of repetition in his poem "Macavity: The Mystery Cat." This repetition, as well as effective rhyme and rhythm, contribute to the poem's musicality. This is why it could...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2020, 11:06 am (UTC)

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

Let's look at the first stanza, shown below. I will put each accented syllable in bold and separate one metrical foot from another with a "|" symbol: Ma ca | vi ty's | a Mys | te ry Cat | he's...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2020, 5:00 pm (UTC)

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats is a collection of poems about the ways and personalities of cats. Some cats in this collection are far more responsible than others. For example,...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2016, 9:59 pm (UTC)

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

The three kinds of names that a cat has are explained in “The Naming of a Cat” in T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. The poem’s speaker distinguishes between the different...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2021, 8:02 am (UTC)

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