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Poem (As the cat) Analysis

Author: poem of William Carlos Williams Type: poem Views: 11

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As the cat

climbed over

the top of

the jamcloset

first the right



then the hind

stepped down

into the pit of

the empty


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It is easy to miss if you read it wrong, but Williams is capturing the lithe preciseness of a cat's movements, both deliberate and instinctive and flawless. As an imagist, Williams sought to convey a moment, a picture of something simple, yet subtle - to grasp the essence of a thing. Easier to see a "petal on a wet black bough" than to see a cat's elegance in motion in spare verse, which in my view makes Williams a superior poet to Pound.

| Posted on 2016-05-22 | by a guest

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That empty flower pot is the trap door of this careful prowling cat. Offstage, as it were, we hear in our minds the clatter of that broken pot and the cat scampering away in terror.
Pure slapstick and wonderfully rendered by the poet's own careful placement of words to mimic the cat's motion.
Tim Johns

| Posted on 2015-06-06 | by a guest

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It is about a red wheelbarrow. Specifically a wheelbarrow that one would keep in an icebox and save for breakfast.

| Posted on 2015-03-31 | by a guest

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In this poem, it talks about a cat which is on it\'s way to the top of the closet but then ends up falling into the flower pot. This can indicate that the cat is living a high life but due to it\'s selfishness, it ends up in a hole that it can\'t ever come out of. It\'s teaching us that always thinking of others is important and that we should treat them just like we want to be treated.

| Posted on 2013-05-22 | by a guest

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Ask yourself what makes this a poem? This is the meaning of the poem, the title foregrounds its poetic-ness so that it undermines any interpretation or attempt to seek meaning within the words. What makes this a poem as opposed to prose is not in the language but how it\'s presented. If read out loud it could easily just be a prose sentence. There is no underlying meaning or metaphor in this poem, it is a poem simply because it says it is.

| Posted on 2012-02-16 | by a guest

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It about a cat jumping onto a closet. Then jumping into a flower pot.

| Posted on 2012-02-02 | by a guest

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This poem is about the Midgard Serpent, which, according to Norse legend, encircled the Earth holding its tail in its mouth. One day the thunder god Thor was given the task by the giant king Utgara-Loki of lifting the Serpent, which was disguised as a cat. He managed to lift the monster so far that it had to raise one of its paws off the ground, thus awing the giant king.
Further, according to the legend, when the Serpent lets go of the Earth, the world will end. So the poem is about the apocalypse.

| Posted on 2011-04-21 | by a guest

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I think this poem is about a young mother\'s decision to keep her baby or give it away/terminate it. In the first stanza, the cat climbing over represents how she is living the high life, but then something enuxpected happens in stanza two, and she is forced to step off the edge, and she regrets the decision( represented by the empty flowerpot.)

| Posted on 2011-03-31 | by a guest

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Since I was a kid, I always remember being told to read poetry aloud, even if you are alone, because the power of the poem is in the sound of the words as much as the structure. With this poem, I think that this is true. The nature of its words causes them to be read with pauses, consistent with the purposeful steps that all cat observers love to watch. I used to have a cat myself, who I loved to watch stalk around the house, climbing on top of and into things like flowerpots. I did not think that this movement was possible to capture. It seems like it is so simple, but itís not. There's a cat. It moves from one place to another. That is all. But Williams captures the instinctive soft-footedness of that movement like I thought nobody could. The words of the poem themselves so feline in the way that they have to be read aloud is almost unreal, and the last stanza leaping down on to the page so nimbly that just hearing the words, you can see the cat moving. It is so simple, yet it still captures the movement of the cat; a feat far from simple.

| Posted on 2009-04-01 | by a guest

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