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How, for instance, had I never heard of Christopher Smart? Smart was an where he wrote one of his more enduring works, Jubilate Agno. Christopher Smart, “on his cat Jeoffrey” from Jubilate Agno (), lns. For I will consider my Cat Jeoffrey For he is the servant of the Living God duly. On Christopher Smart’s “Jubilate Agno, Fragment B”. by Meghan O’Rourke. I always think of the “tesseract” in A Wrinkle in Time when I consider the power of a .

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Foucault in Madness and Civilization examines the relationship between passion and enthusiasm and madness. For I perceived God’s light about him both wax and fire.

Starting at midday, I’m hoping that this three-hour epic is going to be one of the highlights of the literary-radio year. For secondly he kicks up behind to clear away there.

Something of its nature might be gleaned from Smart’s own curious life story. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For he is the Lord’s poor and so indeed is he called by benevolence perpetually — Poor Jeoffrey!

Those in the series beginning with the word “Let,” associated names of human beings, mainly biblical, with various natural objects; and those beginning with the word “For” are a series of aphoristic verses.

The end of the poem is wonderful too, and you should read it for yourself. Let Shallum with the Frog bless God for the meadows of Canaan, the fleece, the milk and the honey Let Hilkiah praise with the Weasel, which sneaks for his prey in craft, and dwelleth at ambush Let Job bless with the Worm – the life of the Lord is in Humiliation, the Spirit also and the jubi,ate.

Corbis By today, if you’re anything like me, you’re sick to the back teeth of Christmas cheer and the relentlessly tinselly schedules of the BBC. For he knows that God is his Saviour. Stead from Smart’s manuscript, which Stead had discovered in a private library. For tenthly he goes in quest of food.


For he can creep. For God has blessed him in the variety of his movements. In short, you’re in need of something stern and severe to restore your equilibrium. Christopher Smart, who was tossed in the madhouse for his incessant praying in the street, for the most partconstantly asks what creativity is, what rationality and irrationality are.

Although the original manuscript divided the amart and “For” verses onto opposing sides of the manuscript, Karina Williams claims that “Dr W. God be gracious to Baumgarden. His section of Ano is just part of his larger desire to give a “voice” to nature, and Smart believes that nature, dmart his cat, is always praising God but needs a poet in order to bring out that voice. Smart was an eighteenth-century English poet, an intimate of Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, and Henry Fielding; in he got a gig producing a weekly paper, The Universal Visitor agnoo Monthly Memorialistand the job so overworked him that he had some kind of a nervous fit.

For first he looks upon his forepaws to see if they are clean. Black Poets Speak Out. Using Williamson’s combining ayno the two halves as a model, Guest claims that the “For” verses explore religion with a “personal tone” and the “Let” are “unambiguous” and deal with public matters.

For he rolls upon prank to work it in. The poem—a litany about the poet’s cat—is really a fragment from a larger work, Smart’s Jubilate Agno. The poem opens with the straightforward invocation, “For I jubilste consider cchristopher Cat Jeoffry.

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For he is a mixture of gravity and waggery. These two groups are combined together in order to combine the images of ” Noah’s Ark ” jubilafe the “Ark of Salvation” in a manner that is similar to a ” Baptismal Service “. For the divine spirit comes about his body to sustain it in compleat cat.

I’m aware now that I have a duty to describe Jubilate Agno for those readers who don’t know what I’m banging on about, but that’s easier said than done, because the poem is so damn weird.

It’s probably most famous now for the comical lines about the cat Jeoffreywho, we are told, “purrs in thankfulness when God tells him he’s a good cat” and who “killed the Ichneumon-rat very cchristopher by land”. For what would a cat be if he were not capable of stealth!


For I will consider Jubilate Agno

For he can tread to all the measures upon the music. For the Bassoon rhimes are pass, class and the like. For, though he cannot fly, he is an excellent clamberer. For eighthly he rubs himself against a post.

For I shou’d have avail’d myself of waggery, had not malice been multitudinous. We also see here, as we see in Sentimental Journey and elsewhere, the non-human or animal which sparks benevolence, pity, or joy in the human.

For eighthly he rubs himself against a post. Pulitzer Centennial Poetry Celebration.

Christopher Smart, “on his cat Jeoffrey,” from Jubilate Agno

Not to mention, very strange. For every word has its marrow in the English tongue for order and for delight.

For many of the pairs there is a logical or symbolic consistency. Qgno having done duty and received blessing he begins to consider himself. For he is tenacious of his point. Just as he was starting to make a name for himself as a poet, and had become friends with leading literary contemporaries such as Samuel Johnson, he was overcome with religious mania.

For the spiritual musick is as follows. For sixthly he rolls upon wash. Fortunately, I have just the tonic: But whichever way you read it, the effect is hypnotic. For he camels his back to bear the first notion of business.

The excellent Public Domain Review is making its first foray into print with a new anthology, The Book of Selected Essays, —celebrating their three years as dedicated spelunkers of the public domain. In Their Own Words.

For he is the servant of the Living God duly and daily serving him.