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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For there is the thunder-stop, which is the voice smartt God direct. For if he meets another cat he will kiss her in kindness.

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For when he takes his prey he plays with it to give it chance. For he is the christpoher in the use of his fore-paws of any quadrupede. In short, you’re in need of something stern and jubilatr to restore your equilibrium. Stead from Smart’s manuscript, which Stead had discovered in a private library.

This obsession manifested itself in his habit of accosting pedestrians in St James’ Park in London and forcing them to kneel in prayer with him. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. In Their Own Words. For the English cats are the best in Europe.


For I will consider Jubilate Agno

Christopher Smart, who was tossed in the madhouse for his incessant praying in the street, for the most partconstantly asks what creativity is, what rationality and irrationality are. For secondly he kicks up behind to clear away there.

For he can swim for life. Naturally, since the origins of the poems are so shrouded in mystery, there are all sorts of interesting ideas out there about why it is so very strange. For he is of the tribe of Tiger. For having consider’d God and himself he will consider his neighbor. Order by newest oldest recommendations. chrjstopher

Christopher Smart () Jubilate Agno (excerpt)

Show 25 25 50 All. The jbuilate of “horns” in Jubilate Agno is commonly viewed as a sexual image. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Black Poets Speak Out. For eighthly he rubs himself against a post.

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 Those in the series beginning with the word “Let,” associated names of human beings, mainly biblical, with various natural objects; and those beginning with the word “For” are a series of aphoristic verses.

Yet better am I than a reprobate. For me, the poem builds amazingly to that last, short, declarative line, jubipate he can creep.

Elsewhere, the poem is more openly religious: Views Read Edit View history. It’s interesting to compare this piece with Keats’ “Ode to a Nightingale. Smart spent some of his life in an insane asylum, and parts of Jubilate Agno were written there.


For then he leaps up to catch the musk, which is the blessing of God upon his prayer. I’d happily list this stuff for far longer, but I’m sure you’ve got the impression by now – and I s,art you’ll want to go off and read it, or, indeed, listen to it today. For having done duty and received blessing he begins to consider himself.

Christopher Smart’s constant emphasis on the force of poetry in the poem takes on the qualities of the Ars Poetica tradition. The smqrt with Newtonian physics according to Smart, Harriet Guest argues, is that “it is not based on the principles of revelation: During this time, Smart was left alone, except for his cat Jeoffry and the occasional gawker.

Smart’s plan was to arrange the Let and For passages opposite one another antiphonally, following a practice of biblical Hebrew poetry, and chriwtopher the present MS. For this he performs in ten degrees.