Poetry At Work Day: 4 Famous Cat Poems To Read At Work

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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! The second Tuesday in January is Poetry At Work Day, and it falls on January 14th in 2020. It’s a great day to share some poems with friends and coworkers in the office. Of course, our favorite poems are centered around cats!

In honor of Poetry At Work Day, here are four poems where cats take the starring role. Watch the videos with your work friends!

1. ‘She Sights A Bird’ By Emily Dickinson



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. ‘The Owl And The Pussycat’ By Edward Lear



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. ‘Macavity, The Mystery Cat’ By T.S. Eliot



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. ‘Ella Mason And Her Eleven Cats’ By Sylvia Plath



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 crazed.

Do you have a favorite cat-themed poem? Would your work friends like to hear some poems on Poetry At Work Day? Tell us about it in the comments below!