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The Great Cat: Poems about Cats


Herewith a litter of tributes to the ever-fascinating, ever-mystifying cat...

In this anthology, poets across the continents and the centuries describe felines doing what they do best: sleeping, prowling, prancing, purring, sleeping some more, and gazing disdainfully at lesser beings like ourselves.

Here are Yeats’s Minnaloushe, Christopher Smart’s Jeoffry, Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat, Blake’s ‘Tyger’ and Rilke’s panther. Here are contributions from Sufi mystics, medieval Chinese poets, and haiku masters of imperial Japan; from Chaucer, Shelley, Borges, Neruda, Dickinson and Shakespeare. Here are the cats of Mother Goose, and the one who wore the hat for Dr Seuss. The Great Cat will delight cat lovers everywhere, celebrating as it does the beauty, the mystery, the gravity, the grace and, of course, the unassailable superiority of the cat. 

The Everyman's Library Pocket  Poets series - of which The Great Cat is one - are clothbound volumes with an elegant jacket, full cloth sewn binding, silk ribbon marker and headbands, with gold stamping on front and spine and decorative endpapers. They make ideal gifts and are a joy to read and collect. 

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 1.8 x 16.5 cm