- "She Sights a Bird" by Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson's poem about a cat hunting a bird contains the lines:
"Her Jaws stir — twitching — hungry —
Her Teeth can hardly stand —
She leaps, but Robin leaped the first —"
- "The Naming of Cats" by T.S. Eliot
T.S. Eliot offers advice on cats named in his poem. It contains the lines:
"But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers,"
- "The Kitten and Falling Leaves" by William Wordsworth
Wordsworth's poem contains the lines: "ee the kitten on the wall, sporting with the leaves that fall, Withered leaves—one—two—and three, from the lofty elder-tree!"
- "To Mrs. Reynold's Cat" by John Keats
Keats cat poem contains the lines: "Those velvet ears - but prithee do not stick Thy latent talons in me, and up-raise Thy gentle mew, and tell me all thy frays"
- "Ella Mason and Her Elevent Cats" by Sylvia Plath
Plath's poem begins with the lines: "Old Ella Mason keeps cats, eleven at last count, In her ramshackle house off Somerset Terrace;"
- "Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat" by Thomas Gray
Gray's poem contains the lines: "Her conscious tail her joy declared; The fair round face, the snowy beard, The velvet of her paws,"
- "February" by Margaret Atwood
Atwood's cat poem includes the lines: "In the pewter mornings, the cat, a black fur sausage with yellow Houdini eyes, jumps up on the bed and tries to get onto my head. It’s his way of telling whether or not I’m dead."
- "Macavity The Mystery Cat" by T.S. Eliot
T.S. Eliot's awesome cat poem includes the lines:
"He’s broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
And when you reach the scene of crime - Macavity's not there! "
- "Cat's Dream" by Pablo Neruda
Neruda's poem starts with the lines:
"How neatly a cat sleeps,
sleeps with its paws and its posture,
sleeps with its wicked claws,"
- "Jubilate Agno" by Christopher Smart
Smart's famous poem about Jeoffry the cat begins with the lines:
"For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry.
For he is the servant of the Living God, duly and daily serving him."
- "The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
Wilde's poem includes the lines, "And let me touch those curving claws of yellow ivory and grasp The tail that like a monstrous Asp coils round your heavy velvet paws!"
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