Poster¡G Julie Cheng at 22:9:38 3/16/98 from h174.s4.ts31.hinet.net
| Although this poem is an ode, which is supposed to be stately, I still find it humorous in some lines. After checking the handbook, I still don¡¦t get much about ¡§ode.¡¨ I have no idea which pattern this poem fits. Is it irregular? But this poem is long and lyric for sure.
This ¡§tragedy¡¨ might happen in a living room, a study or somewhere. According to the first two stanzas, the cat, the vase, the fishes, and the tub seem to be most selected. They presented a harmony of beauty, but unfortunately, the cat broke it.
Selima and the fishes are personified. Selima was a ¡§hapless nymph¡¨ that tried to catch the fishes, the ¡§angel forms.¡¨ She died of carelessness that she slipped into the tub. She was ¡§a favorite cat,¡¨ but when she¡¦s dying, no one came to save her. It is really ironic, so the speaker says, ¡§A favorite has no friend!¡¨ I think cats always try to be (or maybe just pretend to be) modest and elegant, so did Selima. She¡¦s too proud, too presumptuous and too heedless. She thought she¡¦s blessed and loved, but it could be mere her fantasy.
She stretched for the goldfishes that were not really goldfishes. They turned red through red highlights. Goldfishes are symbol for gold. Selima was the fool that tried to get them. There is a metaphor in this accident. It reveals women (or all human beings) blindly chase after what isn¡¦t their own. They do it out of vainglory and a sense of superiority. Wealth and fame can be false that is a castle in the air. But once we err, it may be ¡§never retrieved.¡¨
Sorry, Ray, I am, too, aware of this terrible analysis. It is not systematic, quite shallow and even hard to find my point, but I still hope you¡¦ve found one!
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