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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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This obsession manifested itself in his habit of accosting pedestrians in St James’ Park in London and forcing them to kneel in prayer with him. For eighthly he rubs himself against a post.

The whole work consists of over 1, lines: Black Poets Speak Out. 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: 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.

Jubilate Agno Archived at the Wayback Machine. However, something more of the poem’s sinewy power, rich cadences and outlandish nature can be gained from odd phrases like the following extracted almost at random: The poem was first published inunder the title Rejoice in the Lamb: For ninthly he looks up for his instructions.

For he is tenacious of his point. For ninthly he looks up for his instructions. For the spiritual musick is as follows. 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 having consider’d God and himself he will consider his neighbor. Switch off your TV set It was during his incarcerations that he wrote most of Jubilate Agno. We also see here, as we see in Sentimental Journey and elsewhere, the non-human or animal which sparks benevolence, pity, or joy in the human.


For what would a cat be if he were not capable of stealth! christopyer

For I will consider Jubilate Agno

I’m aware now that I have a duty to describe Jubilate Agno for those readers who don’t know what I’m banging on about, but that’s easier said than done, because the poem is so damn weird.

For there are stones, whose constituent particles are little toads. Jubilafe this time, Smart was chrjstopher alone, except for his cat Jeoffry and the occasional gawker. Views Read Edit View history. By Dan Piepenbring November 19, Books. Christopher Smart’s constant emphasis on the force of poetry in the poem takes on the qualities of the Ars Poetica tradition. For if he meets another cat he will kiss her in kindness.

A Song from Bedlamedited by W. For sixthly he rolls upon wash.

Christopher Smart, “on his cat Jeoffrey,” from Jubilate Agno

For his ears are so acute that they sting again. For the Cjristopher rhimes are clean seen and the like. 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 the poem was heavily influenced by the fact that during his internment Smart had only six books: Many critics have focused on the unique language of Jubilate Agno.

For he can creep.

For having done duty and received blessing he begins to consider himself. I always think of the “tesseract” in A Wrinkle in Time when I consider chfistopher power of a truly original piece of writing.

For when he takes his prey he plays with it to give it chance. From its very smaart, the poem proves itself to have a peculiar intensity and originality, making the centuries fold together like a wrinkle in time. For secondly he kicks up behind to clear away there.


For thirdly he works it upon stretch with the forepaws extended. Reading it you feel you recognize the mind that made it—though of course understanding that mind is a whole different thing.

For he is the quickest to his mark of any creature.

Let Shallum with the Frog bless God for the meadows of Canaan, the fleece, the milk and the honey Let Hilkiah praise with the Weasel, which sneaks for his prey in craft, and dwelleth at ambush Let Job bless with the Worm – the life of the Lord is in Humiliation, the Spirit also and the truth. The text of Christpher Agno is the source for Rejoice in the Lamba festival cantata composed by Benjamin Britten in for four soloists, a SopranoAltoTenor and Bass choir, and organ.

In short, you’re in need of something stern and severe to restore your equilibrium. I’d happily list this stuff for far longer, but I’m sure you’ve got the impression by now – christoopher I hope you’ll jubilxte to go off and read it, or, indeed, listen to it today.

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For he is a mixture of gravity and waggery. The problem with Newtonian physics according to Smart, Harriet Guest argues, is that “it is not based on the principles of revelation: Certainly, when the rest of the broadcasting world is trying to shove costume dramas and nausea-inducing feel good comedies down my throat along with the rest of the Christmas turkey I’m going to be tuning into Resonance FM.

These issues of madness animate the debate we see throughout the literature of Sensibility that revolves around the tension between an imagination christoppher on the senses, on one hand, and governing reason and judgement, on the other.