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Analysis Of Christopher Smart's "For I Will Consider My Cat Jeofry"

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"For I Will Consider My Cat Jeoffry" is a poem Christopher Smart wrote about the cats of another time. Though he makes references to "Jeoffry" his underlying connotation is towards felines in a biblical sense. He will cover both their physical and metaphysical characteristics. He shows their worship of a higher being as well as their worship of themselves and others.In his beginning lines, "For at the first glance of the glory of God in the east he worships in his way," shows Jeoffry as a servant of the sun because at the first sign of the sun he goes into his routine, following the sun around his house. He circles a spot many times to find the perfect position to lie. Once he's found the ...view middle of the document...

"For eighthly he rubs himself against a post," he satisfies his urges by indulging in a back rub. "For ninthly he looks up for his instructions, "when done with himself he thinks of his caretaker and waits for him in perfect stillness to receive guidance from his master. "For tenthly he goes in quest of food," all his activity has made him hungry and he must go find nourishment.The cat has worshipped God through the sun and has tended to himself - now he will regard others around him. "For if he meets another cat he will kiss her in kindness," Jeoffry is friendly to all of his peers. "For when he takes his pray he plays with it to give it a chance." By doing this he shows acts of kindness and sportsmanship to his quarry, for one mouse in seven escapes by his dallying. Now that the day's activities are done he turns to his nightly duties. "For he keeps the Lord's watch in the night against the adversary." Just as a cat is active during the day, he becomes more active during the night as he is a nocturnal creature. He fights the forces of evil with the fur on his back standing on end and with his glowing yellow eyes. "For he counteracts the Devil, who is death, by brisking about the life," this is portrayed by the cat's love of life, his attitude towards the world. He takes nothing for granted and enjoys all of life's pleasures. At least Jeoffry did as much as possible. "For in his morning orisons he loves the sun and the sun loves him," this simply ties back to him loving God and God loving him."For he is of the tribe of tiger. For the Cherub Cat is a term of the Angel Tiger." In this line the cat is being characterized as an angelic and noble animal. From an analogy standpoint of hissing, he possesses the characteristics of the serpent. But these characteristics are generally withdrawn. "For he will not do destruction if he is well-fed, neither will he spit without provocation, " just as he suppresses his darker quality with his hissing he does not wantonly destroy things. "For he purrs in thankfulness when God tells him he's a good cat," simply put, he accepts praise for his good deeds from his master. "For he is an instrument for the children to learn benevolence upon." All these characteristics of the cat show children how they should act. Though I don't see a cat spitting I feel that Smart may have included hissing as a symbol for cursing. As with wonton destruction, he is trying to steer children towards angelic behavior. "For every house is incomplete...

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