Curiosity: that fateful sensation that often causes a chain reaction and sometimes a little bit of mayhem. Those who indulge themselves with their inquisitiveness occasionally discover satisfaction in the outcome. “Curiosity,” by Alastair Reid, illustrates this peculiar experience. The poem reveals this important aspect of life in the most unusual way: by centering on the old quarrel between cats and dogs and an enlightening saying. “Curiosity” uses allusion, tone, and extended metaphor to explain the purpose of taking risks in life.
Together the allusion, the tones, and the extended metaphor of the poem help explain the purpose that the poem is trying to convey. Neither the extended metaphor nor the tones would make much sense if the allusion to the phrase “Curiosity killed the cat” was not used, and the defensive tone would not go very far without the extended metaphor to illustrate the deeper meaning of the poem. By using these three literary devices the poem is more compatible to the audience because they have a great reference and illustration. With these literary devices, the poem successfully states that the cat is right to take chances. The text says forget the ignorance of the dogs and use one of those nine lives, because no one is ever going to be truly happy until every road has been taken. Curiosity may have killed the cat but satisfaction brought it back.
The poem “Curiosity” written by Alastair Reid is a symbolic poem that uses cats as a metaphor for humans. It relates felines to people in the sense of curiosity, and what could be considered actually living life to the fullest. Essentially, this work contradicts the popular phrase, “curiosity killed the cat” by placing it within a broader context. Instead of discouraging curiosity, Reid explains why people should embrace it.