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Poetry for Cats: The Definitive Anthology of Distinguished Feline Verse [Unknown Binding]

Henry Beard
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11 Sep 1995
From the puss that munched a thousand mice, to the simple soul who concludes that a furball is a furball is a furball, this is a poetry anthology for cat-lovers.

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  • Unknown Binding: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (11 Sep 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002555948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002555944
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 12.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 465,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lyrical or jaunty, the world's most sophisticated felines display their talents and are every bit as erudite as their human counterparts. From the puss that munched a thousand mice to the simple soul who concludes that a furball is a furball is a furball, this is an anthology for cats, cat-lovers and discriminating poets alike.

'by Ogden Nash's Cat'

The next time you put on your waterproof togs
And venture outside while it rains us and dogs
Ask which you'd rather have land on your noodle:
A cute little cat or a ninety-pound poodle?

Shakespeare's cat soliloquises, Milton's cat muses on territory lost. Wordsworth's cat wanders hungry as a hawk while Dylan Thomas's cat urges its fellows not to go peaceable to that damned vet, chasing mice, raiding the larder, catnip, fish, bunnies and wriggling rodents are immortalised in these learned poems.

'by Getrude Stein's Cat'


About the Author

Henry Beard was the founder and one of the original editors of ‘National Lampoon’. He is the author of a number of bestselling books, including ‘French for Cats’, ‘Poetry for Cats’, ‘Latin for All Occasions’, ‘O.J.’s Legal Pad’ and ‘Zen for Cats’.

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5.0 out of 5 stars For all cat and poetry lovers 20 Dec 2001
Format:Unknown Binding
.. Best for cat lovers, admittedly, as the Gerard Manley Hopkins parody, ending with the exhortation for all dogs to "drop dead", may separate the followers of Bastet and Kerberos.
Now for the snobby bit. You really have to be a bit of a poetry buff to realise just how good the parodies are. My favourites are the poems by J. Alfred Prufrock's cat, Walt Whitman's cat, and maybe best of all, Allen Ginsberg's cat. But Shakesepare's cat and other more classical poets are there. In fact not many are left out.
It really makes you want to read the original as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and cheap! 31 July 2013
By Gracie
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Extremely good price, as advertised and on time. A gift for a friend who really enjoyed it. Recommended for poetry and cat lovers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glad this was available 25 April 2013
By S. Eden
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As a poetry AND a cat lover I heard about this book - it's wonderful and I shall read from it at our poetry group as often as I can.
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