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 first he looks upon his forepaws to see if they are clean. The pairing stops at B when the “For” verses become the only type remaining in the fragment.

However, many critics have focused on the possible sexual images present in Jubilate Agno. Order by newest oldest recommendations.

This smar is something of a first. For he can tread to all the measures upon the music. For I shou’d have avail’d myself of waggery, had not malice been multitudinous.

For I will consider Jubilate Agno

For he is the quickest to his mark of any creature. Jubbilate the cymbal rhimes are bell well toll soul and the like. For ninthly he looks up for his instructions. Encountering it one feels as one does encountering a powerful piece of outsider art.

The excellent Public Domain Review is making its first foray into print with a new anthology, The Book of Selected Essays, —celebrating their three years as dedicated spelunkers of the public domain. The whole work consists of over 1, lines: Smart spent some of his life in an insane asylum, and parts of Jubilate Agno were written there.

In Their Own Words. For the flute rhimes are tooth youth suit mute and the like. For eighthly he rubs himself against a post. Just as he was starting to make a name for himself as a poet, and had become friends with leading literary contemporaries such aggno Samuel Johnson, he was overcome with religious mania.


By Dan Piepenbring November 19, Jubilatee.

For the rest of the stops are by their rhimes. For this is done jugilate wreathing his body seven times round with elegant quickness. However, something more of the poem’s sinewy power, rich cadences and outlandish nature can be gained from odd phrases like the following extracted almost at random: 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 Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

For the Clarinet rhimes are clean seen and the like. For if he meets another cat he will kiss her in kindness. 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.

On Christopher Smart’s “Jubilate Agno, Fragment B” – Poetry Society of America

Some of the power comes from that anaphora “For” and christophsr of it from the accuracy of the observations we can really see that cat and some from the sounds “For he can spraggle upon waggle at word of command”. In Jubilate AgnoSmart describes his writing as creating “impressions”. What is beyond doubt is the fact that Smart was placed in lunatic asylums for large parts of the s and s. For he is the cleanest in the use of his fore-paws of any quadrupede.

The poem was first published inunder the title Rejoice in the Lamb: There is considerable uncertainty about how the poem should be read and how much of it should be joined agnno in call and response manner. In short, you’re in need of something stern and severe to restore your equilibrium.

jubilafe Certain poems, I often think, are tesseracts—so singular that they seem to exist in multiple times at once, transporting us outside our own interiority, our era, our personal history. Certainly, when the rest of the broadcasting world is trying to shove costume dramas and nausea-inducing feel good comedies down my throat along with the rest of the Christmas turkey I’m going to be tuning into Resonance FM.


For there is the thunder-stop, which is the voice of God direct.

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. For one mouse in seven escapes by his dallying. For sixthly he rolls upon wash. Born inhe possessed a fierce intellect and was made a fellow of Pembroke College Cambridge in – in spite of the fact that he boozed and whored his way through his undergraduate degree.

I’d happily list this stuff for far longer, but I’m sure you’ve got the impression by now – and I hope you’ll want to go zmart and read it, or, indeed, listen to it today. But whichever way you read it, the effect is hypnotic. Yet Do I Marvel. 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 the Lord’s poor and so indeed is he called by benevolence perpetually — Poor Jeoffrey! For many of jubilatee pairs there is a logical or symbolic consistency.

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God be gracious to Baumgarden. In Jeoffry’s unselfconscious behaviors, Smart discerns an ongoing testimony to God’s power. Outside of that insane asylum, he was also a friend to Henry Fielding and Samuel Johnson. Topics Poetry Books blog. For ninthly he looks up for his instructions. For fourthly he sharpens his paws by wood.

For God has given smwrt a language of monosyllables to prevent our clipping. For fifthly he washes himself.