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The End of the Raven

"The End of the Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe's Cat

The poet imitates the structure of Poe's "The Raven" to tell the story of that night when the Raven came into the poet's study from the point of view of the poet's cat, making its way around the floor and dreaming of leaping on and eating the intruding bird. In the end, the cat manages to do just that by leaping at the Raven atop the bust of Pallas Athena and smashing the bird to the floor. The cat leaves the bird so that "he was a heap of plumage, and a little blood and gore/Only this and not much more."

In this poem, the poet celebrates his cat, who lived with him in an apartment in New York City. The two lived together for a dozen years, with the cat waiting each night for the man to come home and then comforting him with purring. The man does not come home when he is supposed to on a winter night, and the cat is gone. The man never knows who took the cat or where it is now, but he feels the loss greatly and expresses it clearly in this poem.

"Ode to Spot" by Lieutenant Commander Data

Just as the man in the poem above expresses his feelings about his pet, so here we find a poem as if written by an android, the robotic Commander Data from the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, who, in order to feel more human, keeps a cat he calls Spot. In this poem, he shows a scientific interest in the cat that evolves into real feelings, something an android should not experience but does:

Oh Spot, the complex levels of behavior you display

Connote a fairly well developed cognitive array.

And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend,

I none the less consider you a true and valued friend.

Another poem written by a cat, in this case celebrating (or critiquing) his master, the human being who is described here in a series of simple phrases as having "Useless claws," "Ta


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