Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
August 2nd, 2015 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 294,109 comments.
T.S. Eliot - The Ad-Dressing Of Cats

You've read of several kinds of Cat,
And my opinion now is that
You should need no interpreter
To understand their character.
You now have learned enough to see
That Cats are much like you and me
And other people whom we find
Possessed of various types of mind.
For some are same and some are mad
And some are good and some are bad
And some are better, some are worse--
But all may be described in verse.
You've seen them both at work and games,
And learnt about their proper names,
Their habits and their habitat:
But
How would you ad-dress a Cat?

So first, your memory I'll jog,
And say: A CAT IS NOT A DOG.

And you might now and then supply
Some caviare, or Strassburg Pie,
Some potted grouse, or salmon paste--
He's sure to have his personal taste.
(I know a Cat, who makes a habit
Of eating nothing else but rabbit,
And when he's finished, licks his paws
So's not to waste the onion sauce.)
A Cat's entitled to expect
These evidences of respect.
And so in time you reach your aim,
And finally call him by his NAME.

So this is this, and that is that:
And there's how you AD-DRESS A CAT.

Share |

Added: Feb 20 2003 | Viewed: 3922 times | Comments and analysis of The Ad-Dressing Of Cats by T.S. Eliot Comments (232)

The Ad-Dressing Of Cats - Comments and Information

Poet: T.S. Eliot
Poem: The Ad-Dressing Of Cats
Volume: Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
Poem of the Day: Aug 25 2004

Comment 232 of 232, added on June 30th, 2015 at 2:14 PM.
LtYrRNCZwvJTavjr

p8ZRAY Thanks-a-mundo for the blog article.Really thank you! Really Cool.

crorkz backlinks from Panama
Comment 231 of 232, added on June 9th, 2015 at 3:21 PM.
jsxoGAvPKHrTV

rH87lp wow, awesome article. Will read on...

crorkzz from Martinique
Comment 230 of 232, added on March 6th, 2015 at 10:57 PM.
MpOxWPYqYCtlW

UJNmVw Wow! Thank you! I constantly needed to write on my website something like that. Can I take a fragment of your post to my blog?

crork work from Grenada

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, The Ad-Dressing Of Cats, has received 232 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Eliot Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links