Do you consider yourself a fan of the arts? How about poetry? How about poetry where the verse is also themed around the feline form? Well, you’re in luck! In honor of January 8th being known as Poetry At Work Day, here are four poems where cats take the starring role.
For the convenience of checking them out in the background at work, we’ve presented them as YouTube poem videos.
1. Emily Dickinson, “She Sights A Bird”
Emily Dickinson’s She Sights A Bird — She Chuckles is all about the way a cat reacts when she spots some prey. “She sights a bird — she chuckles,” begins the short poem, uncannily channeling the way a cat reacts when they see an idling bird. But unfortunately for the feline, the robin in questions manages to fly away before she can turn him into an afternoon snack.
2. Edward Lear, “The Owl And The Pussycat”
Originally published way back in 1871, Edward Lear’s The Owl And The Pussycat was written to entertain a friend’s daughter. Since then, the antics that go on in a “beautiful pea-green boat” have entertained children and adults across the world.
3. T.S. Eliot, “Macavity, The Mystery Cat”
T.S. Eliot owned many cats throughout his life and was fond of giving them lavish names like George Pushdragon and Pettipaws. The playwright also tapped into the feline form through the medium of poetry. Most notable is Macavity, The Mystery Cat, which originally appeared in the book Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats and wound up inspiring Andrew Lloyd-Webber to pen the musical Cats.
4. Sylvia Plath, “Ella Mason And Her Eleven Cats”
Ella Mason lives in a “ramshackle house” that’s overflowing with cats (eleven at her last count). Due to the size of her clowder, Ella becomes known as “Cat Lady Mason” in this ode to those who are unabashedly cat crazy.
Do you have a favorite cat-themed poem? Tell us about it in the comments section!