Archy and Mehitabel

By Don Marquis

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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.

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September 29th 1987 by Anchor

(first published 1927)

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Quotes From "Archy and Mehitabel"

"From 'the lesson of the moth':

and before i could argue him
out of his philosophy
he went and immolated himself
on a patent cigar lighter
i do not agree with him
myself i would rather have
half the happiness and twice
the longevity

but at the same time i wish
there was something i wanted
as badly as he wanted to fry himself"
"An idea isn't responsible for the people who believe in it."
"i look back on my life
and it seems to me to be
just one damned kitten
after another"
"you want to know
whether i believe in ghosts
of course i do not believe in them
if you had known
as many of them as i have
you would not
believe in them either"
"i once heard the survivors
of a colony of ants
that had been partially
obliterated by a cow s foot
seriously debating
the intention of the gods
towards their civilization"

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