Cats in the 20th Century (Cats in Literature-T.S. Eliot’s Cats)

T.S. Eliot’s Cats T.S. Eliot (1888-1965), one of the 20th centuries greatest poets, found the cat an inspiration for The Naming of Cats, a lengthy poem about the importance of cats’ names, which was the basis for the long running Broadway hit Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber.  The Naming of Cats The Naming of Cats is […]

Cats in the Enlightenment (Part 10 – Christopher Smart’s Jubilate Agno)

In addition to William Cowper (last week’s post) another poet who went mad, reportedly suffering from some sort of religious mania, was the English poet Christopher Smart, (1722-1771).   Not even his good friend Samuel Johnson, who did not believe that Smart should be confined for merely wanting people to pray with him, could keep him […]

Cats in the Enlightenment (Part 9 – William Cowper’s Cat Poems)

By and large, the cat was highly thought of during this age especially by those eccentrics who were judged to be a bit mad.   William Cowper (1751-1800), who had bouts of madness and depression was no less a great poet.  His first volume of poems published in 1782, was, by his death in 1800, so […]

Cat Poems – Agathias 550AD

Agathias wrote the first poem about a cat in history.  Born in 530AD in Asia Minor, in today’s Turkey, he was known as a poet and a historian of the reign of the Byzantine Roman emperor Justinian I between 552 and 558.     In this poem written in 550AD Agathias mentions a ravenous cat attacking one of his beloved […]