Picture on the left remind you of anything ?
At poetry class this week, led by Josephine Corcoran, we read Christopher Smart’s poem For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry written in 1763. I have copied an extract below, it’s 75 lines long in total. Apparently Joeffry was Smarts’s only company when kept in confinement after a spell of several years in a madhouse. I think you can tell from the poem that he and Jeoffry were close companions.
‘For he is of the tribe of Tiger.
For the Cherub Cat is a term of the Angel Tiger.
For he has the subtlety and hissing of a serpent, which in goodness he suppresses.
For he will not do destruction if he is well-fed, neither will he spit without provocation.
For he purrs in thankfulness when God tells him he’s a good Cat.
For he is an instrument for the children to learn benevolence upon.
For every house is incomplete without him, and a blessing is lacking in the spirit.
For the Lord commanded Moses concerning the cats at the departure of the Children of Israel from Egypt.
For every family had one cat at least in the bag.
For the English Cats are the best in Europe.’
Obviously he his right about English/British cats being the best. Our own tigers are one and a half British blue.
Poetry homework is to write my own version of the magnificent poem. Wish me luck.
Four days of Nano Poblano to go……So near yet so far