He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in He is an enigmatic figure to even the specialized detective agencies of the world like the Scotland Yard and the Flying Squad. The poet says that Macavity disobeys all human laws and also the law of gravity. His levitation is so powerful that it causes a fakir to stare bewildered. But when the crime spot is reached, Macavity is not there.
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The poem describes how he manages to commit all types of crimes and always escapes from being caught. He breaks all the laws yet the police fails to catch him. He also has some alibi his companions in crime.
The poem is light in tone and theme is not serious. It is humorous in nature. We will discuss each stanza in detail line by line and also learn the meanings of difficult words. In other words, he has made the police of Scotland confused because when the Police reaches the scene of crime after he commits the crime , he vanishes away. Stanza 2 The poet repeats the word Macavity.
It suggests that Police are searching for him everywhere. According to the poet, there is no one like Macavity as he has broken every human law as well as the law of gravity. Law of gravity here means that no one can vanish away but Macavity does. After committing a crime, he vanishes away. So when anybody reaches the scene of the crime, he will not be able to find him though he may search him on the ground below or in the air above.
So the poet tells again that he is not there. It is useless to search for him. Stanza 3 The poet introduces him as a ginger cat as he is tall and thin. One will know that if he sees him. His eyes are sunken in, his eyebrows are deeply lined with thought i. His head is domed round , his coat is dusty as he does not keep himself clean. His whiskers are uncombed and he keeps swaying moving his head from one side to the other that are similar to the movements of a snake.
When someone would think that he is half-sleep, in reality, he is awake and in a complete sense. He is a monster of depravity i. One can find and meet him in a by-street private street or in the square mall but after his crime is discovered ,he vanishes away and cannot be found.
Stanza 5 Macavity is outwardly respectable i. His footprints name are not found in any file of Scotland Yard Police. However, he commits every crime. Whenever he loots the larder food or steals jewel or milk or makes a Peke dog stifle suffocate or breaks greenhouse glass or trellis architecture , he vanishes away quickly and is never found there. Stanza 6 When the Foreign Officer finds a treaty gone astray i. When the loss is disclosed, the Secret Service would say that it was Macavity who did this.
But now it is useless as he is already a mile away. One can find him either resting somewhere or licking his thumb or engaged in doing complicated long division sums i. Next, the poet tells that he does not commit crimes alone. He always has an alibi some companions who accompany him in committing crime and one or two to spare one or two other companions. However when the deed crime takes place, he vanishes away as always.
In the next line, the poet says that his companions are also well known because of their crimes. He mentions their names as well; Mungojerrie and Griddlebone. However, they are just agents for the Cat who all the time i. They just control operations of the Napolean of Crime Macavity.
Study Material and Summary of Macavity: The Mystery Cat NCERT Class 8th
The cat is a great criminal. He has openly disobeyed the law. Yet the police of Scotland Yard is helpless before Macavity. Sometimes the Flying Squad runs after it.
Macavity the Mystery Cat Summary by TS Eliot
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