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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Jubllate be gracious to Wgno. For fifthly he washes himself. The end of the poem is wonderful too, and you should read it for yourself. What is beyond doubt is the fact that Smart was placed in lunatic asylums for large parts of the s and s.

Black Poets Speak Out. For he camels his back to bear the first notion of business. For is this done by wreathing his body seven times round with elegant quickness. Elsewhere, the poem is more openly religious: For there are stones, whose constituent particles are little toads. Interested in this world — the material, the agni, his cat — his own senses lead him on a journey of spiritual discovery.

For what would a cat be if he were not capable smatt stealth! Yet Do I Marvel. For he is a mixture of gravity and waggery. Or, at least, I’m told that the programme-makers are “almost certain” that the remains of Smart’s poem have never been broadcast before in their entirety since they were rediscovered in For fourthly he sharpens his paws by wood. Order by newest oldest recommendations.


The poem is chiefly remembered today — especially among cat lovers — for the line section wherein Smart extols the many virtues and habits of his cat, Jeoffry. Smart seems to be fascinated by contemporary science, but he also aims to incorporate it into a theology, and in so doing to create qgno has been called a “new science. For me, the poem builds amazingly to that last, short, declarative line, “For he can creep.

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It’s interesting to compare this piece with Keats’ “Ode to a Nightingale. For fifthly he washes himself. During this time, Smart was left alone, except for his cat Jeoffry and the occasional gawker.

For ninthly he looks up for his instructions. The language is full of puns, archaisms, coinages, and unfamiliar usages. I always think of the “tesseract” in A Wrinkle in Time when I consider the power of a truly original piece of writing. Bond found that, “The poem was intended as a responsive reading; and that is why the Let and For sections [of the manuscript] are physically distinct zgno corresponding verse for verse.

For this he performs in ten degrees.

For he knows that God is his Saviour. Many critics have focused on the unique language of Jubilate Agno. For the dulcimer rhimes are grace place beat heat and the like. For he killed the Icneumon rat, very pernicious by land.

For I will consider Jubilate Agno

It was during his incarcerations that he wrote most of Jubilate Agno. His section of Jeoffry is just part of his larger desire to give a “voice” to nature, and Smart believes that nature, like his cat, is always praising God but needs a poet in order to bring out that voice. For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry. For first he looks upon his forepaws to see if they are clean.


Christopher Smart () Jubilate Agno (excerpt)

For he can swim for life. For the divine spirit comes about his body to sustain it in compleat cat. For the flute rhimes are tooth youth suit mute and the like.

Pulitzer Centennial Poetry Celebration. In Their Own Words. Smart’s plan was to arrange the Let and For passages opposite one another antiphonally, following a practice of biblical Hebrew poetry, and that the present MS. Put in its simplest and driest terms, this long poem is a hymn of praise to God for all the wonders of the natural world, using the antiphonal patterns of Hebrew poetry, with hundreds and hundreds of phrases beginning with “Let”, answered by corresponding verses beginning with “For”.

The pairing slowly breaks down when later figures, such as political leaders, enter into the poem. For if he meets another cat he will kiss her in kindness. Using Williamson’s combining of the two halves as a model, Guest claims smatt the “For” verses explore religion with a “personal tone” and the “Let” are “unambiguous” and deal with public matters.