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The Naming Of Cats Analysis



Author: poem of T.S. Eliot Type: poem Views: 13

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The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey--
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter--
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover--
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Effanineffable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.

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The poem describes people's identitys in diffrent situations in your life. When your by yourself your the real you, and when your with your friends, or at the job, you change, to the kind of person society thinks you should be.
M.J

| Posted on 2015-09-13 | by a guest


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I find this poem rather interesting, you can look at it in atleast two ways. I'm a cat person and When I first read this poem I didn't think much about it. I thought it was a perfect description of a cat, cats are mysterious and glorious animals, it made perfectly sense to me for a cat to have three names.
It wasn't before I really thought about it that I realised that the poem can also be seen in another light, you can read it as the ''cat'' were a human being. We humans have different personalities depending on who we are with. We might not see it ourselves but I'm sure that if you think about it you will realise that even you have different ''names''.
PL

| Posted on 2015-09-11 | by a guest


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For me The Naming of cats represents a human individual, and the word cat works as sort of a synonym to an human. An indivual does have different names an in this case at least three. Each name represents a different persona and works in their own way. The first name is the name one is known by in society, "the official one", the second is a name more intimate and familiar and is often used by friends and family. The third one is the one name you only keep to yourself and represents the "inner you", a persona you never really show to anyone and a way of how you see yourself.// RD.

| Posted on 2015-09-10 | by a guest


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The names in this poem are metaphors for the different types of yourself. The first one is formal and it's the one you use in more serious social setting. The second one is a more casual form of self, this is the one you use when you're with your friends or family. The third one is the you inside your own head, the you that only you know of, the real you.
JE

| Posted on 2015-09-10 | by a guest


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The poem isn't about the naming of cats. It's about how people idenfy themselves. The first name is what everyone knows, the second name is what friends and family use. The third name is what you identify yourself with, the name that only you know.
MH

| Posted on 2015-09-10 | by a guest


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I, for one, see this poem as merely a description of the naming of cats. As we all know, cats seem to be very mentally complex and mysterious creatures, and the third part of the poem, the one about the cat having its completely personal name, would allude to that fact. The second name, the unique one, would also emphasize how strangely individual cats are. Cats are described as deserving not only their everyday name, but a more worthy one as well. T. S. Eliot presents this analysis of the psyche of felines in a frame of rhythm and rhyme, which also makes it fun to read.
AG

| Posted on 2015-09-10 | by a guest


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The cat is actually a human being. The poem tells us about how how have three different names. The first name is the one that the family uses on a daily basis. Your friends uses the second name. The last name we use to ourselves, that we will never confess.
V.F

| Posted on 2015-09-09 | by a guest


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The poem seems more like a text with facts than an actual poem. It's about that cats have three different names, but when you think about what you're reading the cats are clearly a metaphore for humans and the names are metaphores of how we see ourselves, or how different kinds of people see us. When it says that cats have one name for themselves, it symbolizes that us humans all have a name that no one else knows based on how we look at ourselves.
J.K

| Posted on 2015-09-09 | by a guest


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The names of the cat in this poem reflects how a person presents herself to different people. The first name explains your identity in the society (all of them sensible everyday names). The second name describes your identity with your friends and family. The third name presents your personality when you're by yourself (the cat himself knows and will never confess)
Je.L.

| Posted on 2015-09-09 | by a guest


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The cat in this poem reflects a human. And the names of the cat is actually a persons different personalities. The first name is the identity in the society, "sensible everyday names". The second name is as how the family and friends see the person, "Names that never belong to more than one cat". The last name is the identity when the person is by herself, "the cat himself knows, and will never confess".
C.H

| Posted on 2015-09-08 | by a guest


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Three different names for three different views of yourself. The first name is for friends, the second is for family and the third is your own name that only you yourself know.
P.S If you name your cat Bombalurina, you the real MVP.
JL

| Posted on 2015-09-08 | by a guest


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This poem is about how cats have three different names, but I think that if you see it on a deeper level the poem is about how you identify and present yourself in different ways with different people. Because you present yourself different to the public than you do when you're around family and friends. And then I think that the third name is how you are when you're all alone with yourself, in private; "the name that no human research can discover-- but the cat himself knows".
LM

| Posted on 2015-09-08 | by a guest


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This poem has many diffrent meanings, depending on the way the person who analysis it. Personally i think this is a poem about ones identity, and that you have a name from your parents, that you use daily, a name from your friends, based on what they think of you, and you have your own name that you give yourself, based on you and your own identity.
F.S

| Posted on 2015-09-08 | by a guest


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The first name is simply a general view someone who knows you as an acquaintance would have of you, a few vague ideas about you. The second name is how people closer to you, like friends and family; see you, lots of details about you. The third name is your own view of yourself and is only known by you because only you know your every thought, feeling, and memory. You could tell others some of these, but still would leave out some of it and not be able to completely explain other bits. Thus no one views you as you see yourself.
I enjoyed reading this poem because it was so far the easiest and most fun poem to read that we have seen in class. Every other poem up to this point has had deep and spiritual meanings while this poem was an interesting poem with a meaning that was not hard to understand. I enjoyed this poem because of the simple rhyming. This is a poem that could be read to a child at bed time and I like that it is a poem for everyone.

| Posted on 2015-05-03 | by a guest


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i think the naming of cats means that a person has a special name to identify themselves

| Posted on 2014-03-06 | by a guest


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The first name is the ordinary names, the second name is the fancier names, the third name is a singular, peculiar, particular and more dignified name

| Posted on 2013-07-21 | by a guest


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Because of the timing of this poem, it clearly makes reference to an antithesis of Hitler\'s attempts to destroy the individuality of the minorities he fought against.

| Posted on 2013-06-07 | by a guest


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The poem expresses the relationship of name to identity. We all receive nicknames but we still have our given names. This poem also reflects that the first name is the way other people see you, the second is the identity you show other people and the third is your true self who only you really know. The cat is a metaphor for humans. The poem has a rhyme scheme, it keeps it going like a song. The poet also uses many other techniques.

| Posted on 2013-04-21 | by a guest


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Each of the cat\'s three names is important, just in different ways. It is very important to have an identity that the world knows you by. For example, your co-workers. Ms. Harper the Math Teacher, or Jim the store manager. The second name is the thing about you that you display proudly within your circle of friends. Like the cat\'s \"perpendicular\" tail, it\'s the things about you that you display proudly to the world. Ms. Harper may be a Math teacher, but she\'s *really* proud of her blue-ribbon pecan pies and having a solo in the church choir. Those are things that make her \"tail perpendicular\". Of course, the third name is a secret that only the individual cat knows. Of course, the first and second name *influence* how a person...er, cat, thinks of themselves, but the third name represents the *core* of their being. Ms. Harper is a teacher, a piemaker, and a church singer, but only she remembers the time when she was 7 and Billy Jenkins ripped her dress so that her underwear showed, humiliating her and making her distrustful of boys and men from that point on. Oh, other people may know the facts of the story, but only she knows how it made her feel and the burning of the deep-seated shame that is the reason she subtly mocks and belittles every man in her life. That *feeling* is a syllable in her third name, which, along with other syllables both positive and negative - and some both - account for who she is.
Either that, or the First, Second, and Third names represent the Superego, Ego, and Id, respectively.

| Posted on 2012-10-11 | by a guest


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The first name is simply a general view someone who knows you as an acquaintance would have of you, a few vague ideas about you. The second name is how people closer to you ,like friends and family, see you, lots of details about you. The third name is your own view of yourself and is only known by you because only you know your every thought, feeling, and memory. You could tell others some of these, but still would leave out some of it and not be able to completely explain other bits. Thus no one views you as you see yourself.

| Posted on 2012-01-15 | by a guest


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The poem reflects the relationship of name to identity. Do we become the sum of our various public and private names?

| Posted on 2011-11-16 | by a guest


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ok is this means that the second name can be a name that describes a cat

| Posted on 2011-11-14 | by a guest


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I think the first name is the way other people portray you/ see you, the second is the identity you show other people/ choose for yourself, and the third is your true self who only you really know

| Posted on 2011-01-13 | by a guest


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Why should the cat be the only one who knows the third name? Does Eliot give any mere suggestion or even hint as to this ellusive identity? Although alluring I\'m sure, I find it curious that throughout the entire series of peoms, nobody ever uncovers this name despite it being written from the perspective of the cat (in the musical)...

| Posted on 2010-10-21 | by a guest


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Noticed the word \"nine\" in the middle as in; cats have nine lives? Just a thought

| Posted on 2010-07-31 | by a guest


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The rhythming keeps the poem going just like a song.
Another technique used would be the capitalisation in the fourth line, it makes it seem louder too and in a different tone in cooperating many techniques.

| Posted on 2010-05-11 | by a guest


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easy explanation for this but in literature book in school they have weird questions that make no sense.. and i think ppl should have a lot of names to not only what others call them.

| Posted on 2010-05-04 | by a guest


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The cat is a metaphor for humans, while the names of the cat are a metaphor for our identity. Elliot explains that first cats have a name that humans call them. Metaphorically, this represents our identity in society. It can be our race, nationality, or social class. Next, the “cats” have the name that other cats call them. This is a metaphor for how we are seen in our community or among groups of friends or family. It is how those around us see us individually. Finally, there is the name that cats have for themselves. This is the most important name. This is how we see ourselves

| Posted on 2009-12-06 | by a guest


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Well, basically, cats have three names. The first one is the name we humans call them, and has little purpose. The second is the name that cats use among themselves. It is a name that must be absolutely unique, because it defines the cat. The third is a name that only the cat knows. When a cat is in a quiet meditation, it is because the cat is thinking on the though of his name.

| Posted on 2009-11-12 | by a guest




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