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Unit – 4: Humour
Chapter 1: Concrete Cat [Dorthi Charles]
‘Concrete Cat’ is an example of a concrete poem. This is a visual poem for the eye. Poet Dorthy gives priority to physical appearance, not for ideas or emotions. So, she reduced language but tries to convey a message. In this poem, the poet may be telling us about a cat but maybe showing its “catness” in action. The actions of the cat are expressed through black and white letters on a page. Capital letters ‘A’ indicates to the alert and pointed ears and capital ‘Y’ for opened and sharp eyes.
Use of capital ‘U’ shows a cat’s tongue, might be licking something. Stripe is used as a pun; stripe means a long band of color and at the same time trips mean stomach tissue of mouse those are eaten by a cat. This is the figurative use of language. Upside sown mouse stands for a dead mouse. A concrete cat is a very humorous poem without having. A concrete cat is a very humorous poem without having a concrete sentence structure but the poet has become able to convey meaning.
Important Answer Questions
1. Justify that “Concrete Cat” is an example of the concrete poem.
“Concrete Cat”, an experimental poem by Dorthi Charles, is a perfect example of a concrete poem. “Concrete Cat” is a concrete poem because this is made for our eyes but not for the meaning. This is the visual poem. In other words, the major thrust of this poem is in the physical appearance of the poem rather than the ideas, emotions and languages. It does not have an ordinary language. Neither the poem has used the machinery of the poem to expect the pun. The Poem may be telling us about a cat but maybe who sing it cat-ness in action as far as this can be done by black and white letters on a page. Simply looking the poem looks like a sketch.
We cannot read the poem because this is a concrete cat not made for reading. This poem is just for seeing. We seem the tongue, bear paw moth, whiskers, and tail of the cat. This has been done by the poet by the artistic play of the letter and words. The capital A in-ear and U in the mouth shows the shape of the ear and mouth respectively. The stripes-tripe show the stripe of the cat. The mouse upside down shows the prey of the cat. In short, every thin done so artistically in the poem make “Concrete Cat” a concrete poem.
2. Explain “Concrete Cat” as a “Concrete Poem”.
3. Summarise the poem “Concrete Cat” as a concrete poem.
4. Describe “Concrete Cat” as a concrete poem.
5. Justify “Concrete Cat” as a Concrete poem.
6. “Concrete Cat” is an example of a “Concrete Poem”. How?