Eliot, broadcast that night as part of the BBC Poetry Season. Here is a full lesson (or 2) on 'Macavity:The Mystery Cat' by T. S Eliot. Today's Deals; Department. Gus is the Cat at the Theatre Door. This volume of poems written for children shows a lighter side of Eliot’s personality. Books; Kindle Store; Digital Music; Prime Video; Appliances; Home & Kitchen; Pet Supplies; Toys & Games; Avg. Four Quartets. See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames: Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter—. I like this one so much I adapted it when creating the birth announcement for my third daughter in 2001. on Sep 15 2013 07:07 AM x edit . Published under Eliot’s pseudonym Old Possum, the poem The American edition of T S Eliot ’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, a whimsical collection of 14 poems about cats written published in 1939. Eliot, the 1948 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, is one of the giants of modern literature, highly distinguished as a poet, literary critic, dramatist, and editor and publisher. Eliot, made available via Spotify. Letters from T S Eliot to the Tandy family, with drafts of his cat poems ‘So far in my experience there are cheifly [sic] 4 kinds of Cat the Old Gumbie Cat the Practical Cat the Porpentine Cat and the Big Bravo Cat [sic]; I suspect that yours is a Bravo Cat by the looks of things’: T S Eliot shares his observations in a letter to Doris (Polly) Tandy, 4 November 1934. Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats Quotes Showing 1-16 of 16. This is addressed to humans, as the lyrical voice tries to teach the reader more about feline life. Absolutely indispensable. Price New from Used from Hardcover, Illustrated "Please retry" $39.95 . The illustration is generally presumed to be a comical self-portrait! Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. I smile, of course, And go on drinking tea. My self-possession gutters; we are really in the dark. 5 out of 5 stars (45) 45 reviews. Hardcover $30.18 $ 30. T. S. Eliot was the most important and famous english-language poet of the 20th century. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri to a prominent local family. When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES. , On 5 June 2009, The Times revealed that in 1937 Eliot had composed a 34-line poem entitled "Cows" for the children of Frank Morley, a friend who, like Eliot, was a director of the publishing company Faber and Faber. Now dogs pretend they like to fight; They often bark, more seldom bite; But yet a Dog is, on the whole, What you would call a simple soul. We must leave it now to fate. They were originally composed for his godchildren, with Eliot posing as Old Possum himself, and later inspired the legendary musical Cats. One of a series of cat poems written for his Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, this poem considers the difficulty of naming our feline friends and suggests they should actually have three, different names. You will write, at any rate. Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular.  Morley's daughter, Susanna Smithson, uncovered the poem as part of the BBC Two programme Arena: T.S. Let us take the air, in a tobacco trance— Well! Eliot. Among the smoke and fog of a December afternoon You have the scene arrange itself—as it will seem to do— With "I have saved this afternoon for you"; And four wax candles in the darkened room, Four rings of light upon the ceiling overhead, An atmosphere of Juliet's tomb Prepared for all the things to be said, or left unsaid. The poem that made his name, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is regarded as a masterpiece of the modernist movement. I did this with a top set year 8 for Poetry unit and they were pushed trying to do it in one lesson. I keep my countenance, I remain self-possessed Except when a street piano, mechanical and tired Reiterates some worn-out common song With the smell of hyacinths across the garden Recalling things that other people have desired. T. S. Eliot - 1888-1965. Audio book recorded by Caedmon Records in 1983. But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess. The Words Of Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats By T.S. Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride? First of all, there’s the name that the family use daily, Macavity’s a Mystery Cat: he’s called the Hidden Paw—. The musical was adapted into a direct-to-video film in 1998. In 1954, the composer Alan Rawsthorne set six of the poems for speaker and orchestra in a work titled Practical Cats. Top 10 T.S. Then sit for half an hour and drink our bocks. Eliot. They were collected and published in 1939, with cover illustrations by the author, and quickly re-published in 1940, illustrated in full by Nicolas Bentley. Cats vs. 1 Portrait of a Lady ; 2 Aunt Helen; 3 Journey of the Magi ; 4 La Figlia Che Piange; 5 Ash Wednesday ; 6 The Waste Land ; 7 Preludes; 8 Whispers of Immortality; 9 … How keen you are!] #7 Macavity: The Mystery Cat. TS Eliot had more imaginary felines in mind than those that eventually appeared in Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, judging by a new discovery of a previously unseen cat poem. Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat by T. S. Eliot - There's a whisper down the line at 11.39 When the Night Mail's ready to depart, Saying "Skimble where is Skimble has h Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum. The major poems are all here and the notes are absolutely first class, the product of a decade or more of work by the editors. Within the text, Eliot describes the connection between life, death, love and sex and how ultimately death becomes the most important thing in one’s existence. A Greek was murdered at a Polish dance, Another bank defaulter has confessed. I shall sit here, serving tea to friends." 4.6 out of 5 stars 99. This work, Two Practical Cats, consists of settings of the poems about Macavity and Growltiger. To find a friend who has these qualities, Who has, and gives Those qualities upon which friendship lives. T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) as a poet and critic came to define the modernist movement and still dominates the literary landscape of the last century. Eliot, the 1948 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, is one of the giants of modern literature, highly distinguished as a poet, literary critic, dramatist, and editor and publisher.