Archy and Mehitabelby Don Marquis
The now classic tale of Archy the cockroach and Mehitabel the cat in her ninth life. First published in 1927, this free verse poem has become an essential part of American literature. See more details below
The now classic tale of Archy the cockroach and Mehitabel the cat in her ninth life. First published in 1927, this free verse poem has become an essential part of American literature.
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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We read 'The Lesson of The Moth' in English class, and I fell in love immediately. I did some research and took this out of the library. It is a great collection of poems written by archy the cockroach who paintstakingly jumps on the keys of a typewriter to express his 'poet' from his life before. Mehibatel is his cat friend who was Cleopatra in her past life, and they live in a newspaper office. This follows their lives and adventures which each have a kind of proverb or moral to them. It i very interesting. Unlike the first review, I think that the deciphering of run-on sentences with no puctuation (archy cant do capital letters or punctation not being able to jump on two keys simultaneously) is kind of fun. You have to think about what archy means more and I really get a sense of who is talking that way.
This book exemplifies some of the attitudes of the period in which it was written (1916) which makes it delightful. The back my edition of this book gives a sample of the text (all lower case): the main question is whether the stuff is literature or not. The added comment reads, 'It is.' It's hard to say why, especially because the book does not have a very large following, but it is extremely unique with out trying to be unique. Obviously the premise is out of the ordinary and perhaps far fetched, but it never ceases to be real. I awarded this book 4 stars and not five because some of the prose is hard to decipher. The language is clear, the meaning is very obscured, sometimes to the point of indecipheriblity. But on the whole it is well worth the hour or so it takes to read. *Be aware that although the book is humourous, it may not be found funny in a comical sense. It's all a part of the uniqueness.
This is a very funny, very old collection of verses about a mouse and a cat who have a lot to say about the state of the world and life in general. It's a quick read and you'll like the breeziness of the humor.