What are the similarities between the cat and the fog in "Fog" by Carl Sandburg?

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price7781 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Since the poem is so short, I’ll post it here so it is easier to discuss.


The fog comes

on little cat feet.

It sits looking

over harbor and city

on silent haunches

and then moves on.

 In this poem, Carl Sandburg is using the literary device, personification, to show the similarities between something not alive, fog, and something alive, the cat.  The key to understanding the poem is to visually see how the fog moves, and it moves like a cat.  Think of a cat sneaking into a room and how it is stealthy and silent.  The fog also creeps into the harbor and city silently like a cat stalking its prey.  The fog rests in the city like a cat on silent haunches (legs), and then moves on when the sun burns the fog off.  If you can visually imagine the fog slinking into the city and hovering above it until it is time to move on, then Sandburg has done his job in creating a description that is powerful and full of imagery.