Somber Vengeance In Complete Destruction By William Carlos Williams

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The theme of the poem, Complete Destruction by William Carlos Williams, is somber vengeance. The family mourns for the cat that died due to fleas. They show their love for the deceased pet by burying her on a day that was icy cold, devoid of any warmth, even though the ground would be extremely difficult to dig in. When they buried the cat, the fleas on her were buried, too, and would meet their deserved fate by the cold underground. Any fleas that dared to escape death were set afire in the backyard, leaving the family at peace with the knowledge that the fleas that took the life of their beloved pet have now been destroyed.
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