The Poetry of Cats

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2021
1 hour 6 minutes
The cat. Independent when it wants and making us dependent on its whims when it deems. Cats are first thought of as being domesticated in the Near East in about 7500 BC. A few thousand years later in Ancient Egypt they are worshipped as gods. From a domestic cat's point of view this is pretty much the life they want and that some cats lead right now. Their larger cousins whether in forest, savannah, mountains or desert were fated for their speed, strength, beauty, feline powers and prowess. They now live in a finely balanced world between freedom and declining numbers as their habitats are destroyed or taken from them. Across the centuries poets have written verse that captures all manner of thoughts on our complex relationship with all cats, though mainly the humble moggy, on whose whims we slave over, eager for a look of recognition, the nod of thanks or the purr of gratitude. 1 - The Poetry of Cats - An Introduction2 - The Cat and the Moon by William Butler Yeats3 - The Cat by Charles Baudelaire4 - The Lions by Joseph Mary Plunkett5 - The Owl and the Pussy Cat by Edward Lear6 - An Appeal to Cats in the Business of Love by Thomas Flatman7 - To My Cat by Rosamund Marriott Watson8 - Verses on a Cat by Percy Bysshe Shelley9 - Milk For the Cat by Harold Munro10 - The Cats Have Come To Tea by Kate Greenaway11 - St Jerome's Cat by Anonymous12 - The Lazy Pussy by Palmer Cox13 - Sad Memories by Charles Calverly14 - Mrs Reynold's Cat by John Keats15 - Mujer by William Carlos Williams16 - Black Cat by Rainer Maria Rilke17 - The Cats Will Know by Cesare Pavese18 - A Cat by Edward Thomas19 - The Cat of the House by Ford Madox Ford20 - To Winky by Amy Lowell21 - The Panther by Rainer Maria Rilke22 - Jaguar by Lola Ridge23 - Julbilate Agno by Christopher Smart24 - Little Tiger by H P Lovecraft25 - The Tiger by William Blake26 - Sonnet XIX - Devouring Time, Blunt Thou the Lion's Paws by William Shakespeare27 - The Lion Who Hunted with the Wolf and the Fox by Rumi28 - The Eagle, The Sow and the Cat by Anne Kingsmill Finch29 - The Vain Cat by Ambrose Bierce30 - To A Cat by Algernon Charles Swinburne31 - The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat by Eugene Field32 - How the Feud Started by Arthur Guiterman33 - The Old Cat and the Young Mouse by Jean De La Fontaine34 - The Cat and the Old Rat by Jean de la Fontaine35 - The Rat-Catcher and Cats by John Gay36 - Two Little Kittens by Anonymous37 - Familiarity Dangerous by William Cowper38 - The Kitten and the Falling Leaves by William Wordsworth39 - The First Cat by Arthur Guiterman40 - Had Tiberius Been a Cat by Matthew Arnold41 - An Oxford Don Curses his Cat by Thomas Master42 - Pangur Ban - The Scholar and His Cat by Anonymous43 - Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat - Drowned in a Tub of Goldfishes by Thomas Gray44 - On the Death of a Cat by Christina Georgina Rossetti45 - Epitaph on a Pet Cat by Joachim Du Bellay46 - Last Words To A Dumb Friend by Thomas Hardy
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