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 […]

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