Cats in the 19th Century (Part 19-Rainer Maria Rilke)

The poet, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), rose to become one of the most well known Bohemian Austrian poets in the German language.  Still popular today, his poem, Black Cat portrays the cat as a mystical being engulfing insignificant man.   Black Cat A ghost, though invisible, still is like a place your sight can knock […]

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 […]

Cat Poems – Sacrifice to the Cat that Scared all the Rats, Mei Yao Ch’en (1002-1060AD)

During the latter part of the T’ang and Sung Dynasties (618-1279 AD) Chinese cat poems and paintings became popular. Here Mei Yao Ch’en (1002-1060AD) writes a heartfelt poem to his dead cat.   Sacrifice to the Cat that Scared all the Rats When I had my Five White cat, The rats did not invade my books. This […]

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