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Old 11-21-2019, 06:19 AM
 
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Do you have a favorite poem or literary story about cats?

I am recovering from chemoradiation and am just trying to while away the time while my largish second degree radiation burn heals and my post-treatment fatigue abates. A cat lover without a cat (husband has bad allergies), I first turned to YouTube, but after hours of watching cats purr, massage their owners, sit on their owner’s books, laptops, shoulders, perform amazing tricks, play in boxes, charmingly destroy household objects, fall into water, off tables, etc., I am looking for some meatier fare.

So far my favorite poems are Christopher Smart’s “My Cat Jeoffrey;” Baudelaire’s “Les Chats;” (and various English translations thereof); and Stevie Smith’s “The Galloping Cat.”

Do you have any favorites?
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Old 11-21-2019, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Hi Jill,

I'm sorry that you're going through this and I hope that all your days ahead will be healthy ones.

I don't have a cat (like your husband, I'm allergic), nor have I read any cat "stuff"... buuuuut ... I happened to come across this book just yesterday, by the author of My Dog Skip (which I've also never read): My Cat, Spit McGee. Both books sound charming and maybe the cat book even more so because the author is a "dog person" and the attachment to the cat was likely surprising.

Happy (early) Thanksgiving to you and your family. Your good health is what everyone will be grateful for.
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Old 11-21-2019, 02:51 PM
 
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I'm partial to Henri, le Chat Noir: The Existential Musings of an Angst-Filled Cat in book form, though it began as a series of videos.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0M7ibPk37_U


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q34z5dCmC4M


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiYUzYozsAQ
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Old 11-21-2019, 03:53 PM
 
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The Autobiography of Foudini M. Cat, told from the point of view of a cat. (M is for Mouser)

Charming and funny, a short book. Other books from the cat's POV are available,
I like this one the best

I hope all is well with you in future.
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Old 11-21-2019, 04:02 PM
 
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Thanks for the suggestions. Any more?
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Old 11-21-2019, 04:58 PM
 
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If you like books about real life cats, these classics are great reads:

A Street Cat Named Bob and How He Saved My Life

The Cat Who Came for Christmas
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Old 11-21-2019, 07:13 PM
 
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If you like books about real life cats, these classics are great reads:

A Street Cat Named Bob and How He Saved My Life

The Cat Who Came for Christmas
Thanks, I just ordered A street cat. I guess I’m in the mood for non-fiction cat lit.
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Old 11-22-2019, 12:56 AM
 
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Felidae. https://www.amazon.com/Felidae-Akif-.../dp/067942069X

Poem:
The fat cat on the mat
may seem to dream
of nice mice that suffice
for him, or cream;
but he free, maybe,
walks in thought
unbowed, proud, where loud
roared and fought
his kin, lean and slim,
or deep in den
in the East feasted on beasts
and tender men.

The giant lion with iron
claw in paw,
and huge ruthless tooth
in gory jaw;
the pard, dark-starred,
fleet upon feet,
that oft soft from aloft
leaps on his meat
where woods loom in gloom--
far now they be,
fierce and free,
and tamed is he;
but fat cat on the mat
kept as a pet,
he does not forget.
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Old 11-22-2019, 04:03 AM
 
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Do you have a favorite poem or literary story about cats?

I am recovering from chemoradiation and am just trying to while away the time while my largish second degree radiation burn heals and my post-treatment fatigue abates. A cat lover without a cat (husband has bad allergies), I first turned to YouTube, but after hours of watching cats purr, massage their owners, sit on their owner’s books, laptops, shoulders, perform amazing tricks, play in boxes, charmingly destroy household objects, fall into water, off tables, etc., I am looking for some meatier fare.

So far my favorite poems are Christopher Smart’s “My Cat Jeoffrey;” Baudelaire’s “Les Chats;” (and various English translations thereof); and Stevie Smith’s “The Galloping Cat.”

Do you have any favorites?

You would probably enjoy reading "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats," by T.S. Eliot. The Broadway musical "Cats" was based on this famous book.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Po...Practical_Cats


Decades ago when I was in college and took English Lit I remember reading this poem by 18th century poet Thomas Gray:

Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat Drowned in a Tub of Goldfishes


’Twas on a lofty vase’s side,
Where China’s gayest art had dyed
The azure flowers that blow;
Demurest of the tabby kind,
The pensive Selima, reclined,
Gazed on the lake below.

Her conscious tail her joy declared;
The fair round face, the snowy beard,
The velvet of her paws,
Her coat, that with the tortoise vies,
Her ears of jet, and emerald eyes,
She saw; and purred applause.

Still had she gazed; but ’midst the tide
Two angel forms were seen to glide,
The genii of the stream;
Their scaly armour’s Tyrian hue
Through richest purple to the view
Betrayed a golden gleam.

The hapless nymph with wonder saw;
A whisker first and then a claw,
With many an ardent wish,
She stretched in vain to reach the prize.
What female heart can gold despise?
What cat’s averse to fish?

Presumptuous maid! with looks intent
Again she stretch’d, again she bent,
Nor knew the gulf between.
(Malignant Fate sat by, and smiled)
The slippery verge her feet beguiled,
She tumbled headlong in.
Eight times emerging from the flood
She mewed to every watery god,
Some speedy aid to send.
No dolphin came, no Nereid stirred;
Nor cruel Tom, nor Susan heard;
A Favourite has no friend!

From hence, ye beauties, undeceived,
Know, one false step is ne’er retrieved,
And be with caution bold.
Not all that tempts your wandering eyes
And heedless hearts, is lawful prize;
Nor all that glisters, gold.
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Old 11-23-2019, 10:51 AM
 
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I loved this book
https://smile.amazon.com/Watchers-Po...4531426&sr=8-1
There is also a second book, available on Ebay and probably other sites.... called Watchers in the Sun.
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