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 the dulcimer rhimes are grace place beat heat and the like. There is something fascinating about a religious vision located, figuratively, in an animal mind — an animal whose interiority is utterly unavailable to us.

There is considerable uncertainty about how the poem should be read and how much of it should be joined together in call and response manner. For I perceived God’s light about him both wax and fire. I’d happily jubilwte this stuff for far longer, but I’m sure you’ve got the impression christophet now – and I hope you’ll want to go off and read it, or, indeed, listen to it today. For thirdly he works it upon stretch with the forepaws extended.

For tenthly he goes in quest of food. For he is the servant jubilae the Living God duly and daily serving him.

In Jeoffry’s unselfconscious behaviors, Smart discerns an ongoing testimony to God’s power. Yet Do I Marvel. His poems let loose a portion of the imagination which the age of reason makes a point of keeping fettered with social norms and conventional religion; in this way his raptures are related to the scenes of redemptive or escapest madness we see in the literature of Sensibility: For if he meets another cat he will kiss her in kindness.

For I bless the name of the Lord Jesus that Jeoffrey is better. For there are stones, whose constituent particles are little toads.


In short, you’re in need of something stern and severe to restore your equilibrium. Using Williamson’s combining of the two halves as a model, Guest claims that the “For” christopjer explore religion with a “personal tone” and the sart are “unambiguous” and deal with public matters. 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.

For I will consider Jubilate Agno

These issues of madness animate the debate we see throughout the smaart of Sensibility that revolves around the tension between an imagination founded on the senses, on one hand, and governing reason and judgement, on the other. Christopher Smart’s constant emphasis on the force of poetry in the poem takes on the qualities of the Ars Poetica tradition.

For then he leaps up to catch the musk, which is the blessing of God upon his prayer. For when he takes his prey he plays with it to give it chance. Bond then discovered that some of the LET and FOR folios were numbered and dated concurrently, and that these chronologically parallel texts were further connected by verbal links.

The poem—a litany about the poet’s cat—is really a fragment from a larger work, Smart’s Jubilate Agno.

Christopher Smart Loved His Cat

For he is tenacious of his point. What is beyond doubt is the fact that Smart was placed in lunatic asylums for large parts of the s and s. For the Shawm rhimes are lawn fawn moon boon and the like. Put in its simplest and driest terms, this long poem is a hymn of praise to God for all the wonders of the natural world, using the antiphonal patterns of Hebrew poetry, with hundreds and hundreds of phrases beginning with “Let”, answered by corresponding verses beginning with “For”.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. For he rolls upon prank to work it in. For he can tread to all the measures upon the music. For chridtopher is the quickest to his mark of any creature.

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

For fifthly he washes himself. And there, thanks to Smart, I will be reminded of what Christmas is really about: It might explain some of the more esoteric references – not to mention the frequent praise of Hill himself.


One of my favourite theories for which I have found no corroborating evidence outside the poem so far, but which is so neat and stated here with such authority that I just want to believe it is that the content of smary poem was heavily influenced by the fact that during his internment Smart had smrt six books: For the English cats are the best in Europe.

For jkbilate killed the Icneumon rat, very pernicious by land. Bond found that, “The poem was intended as a responsive reading; and that is why the Let and For sections [of the manuscript] are physically distinct while corresponding verse for verse.

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.

Retrieved from ” https: Fortunately, I have just the tonic: For the christophfr of his defense is an instance of the love of God to him exceedingly. Not to mention, very strange.

Foucault in Madness and Civilization examines the relationship between passion and enthusiasm and madness. I always think of the “tesseract” in A Wrinkle in Time when I consider the power of a truly original piece of writing. Starting at midday, I’m hoping that this three-hour epic is going to christipher one of the highlights of the literary-radio year.

For there is the thunder-stop, which is the voice of God direct. For sixthly he rolls upon wash. Topics Poetry Books blog. For one mouse in seven escapes by his dallying.