Scrapbook: Brexit done


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      1. The Old Possum series is featured in two parts on the BBC Sounds app (Poetry Extra). I don’t have a favourite yet, but was enchanted enough by the readings to surrender my prejudice. I later found another reading (The Naming of Cats) by Maxine Peake, who owns the world’s most delicious voice.

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      2. They both pushed me back to believing cats to be the most selfish and self-centred of the living species. I’m sticking with TS Elliott.

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      3. Sorry, Isobel. I’ve obviously missed something (it wouldn’t be the first time). I took the latter to be a satirical pastiche of the former. One elevates cats to the position of deity, the other equates them (via metaphor) with bad lovers.

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      4. Wendy Cope has just used the structure of Smart’s poem for her own about her human lover. Smart was confined to a mental asylum for some time. Somewhere I read, but it may be untrue, that he had a cat companion while he was there. My Cat Jeoffrey is part of a longer piece Jubilate Agno, a Christian poem so he is describing how Jeoffrey worships the Almighty in his way, it’s not about raising the cat to a godlike position.

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