aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

More for National Poetry Month

Helen's Cat,


Mephistopheles, or The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus's Cat

by Christopher Marlowe's Cat

Was this the puss that munched a thousand mice
And napped atop the towers of Ilium?
Sweet cat, your kiss will give me nine more lives!
Her purr doth make a furball of my soul:
See where it issues from my gaping mouth!
Come, kitten, come, give me my soul again.
Here will I dwell, and for a kiss from thee
I will despoil the stately halls of Troy,
Smash painted urns to bits with wanton paws,
And slash to ribands costly tapestries,
For in thy shining whiskers heaven lies,
And all are dogs that are not Helen's cat.

-- Henry Beard, Poetry for Cats

  • Point of view in LOTR

    One of the achievements of The Lord of the Rings is its complicated narrative architecture. Stories are interlaced and we follow, now this sub-plot,…

  • Arthur contra mundum

    The consensus opinion among Tolkien critics -- including those who greatly admire his work -- is that The Lord of the Rings is slow to get going,…

  • Not all ancient institutions are good

    The institutions of the Roman Republic have cast a long shadow over western government. Even our Founders paid close attention to the Roman model,…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.