Friday, 1 January 2016

Writing - Old Possum's - T S Eliot

As I have had a lazy week or so and it is the end of another year I thought it may be entertaining to look at some fun writing and came across a focus on T S Eliot's 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats' - even the title screams FUN

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When you add characters including Growltiger, Mungojerrie, Rumpleteaser, Old Deutoronomy, Mr Mistoffelees, Macavity Gus and Skimbleshanks. These are cats who are notorious, lurk in shadows, dance by the light of the moon and who must not be woken. They juggle, sleep, conjure, are curious and bore but they demand your attention.

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Mr Mistoffelees

This cat is a conjuring cat of great skill and intelligence like many of his brothers. He is black from the tip of his tail to his nose and is equally able with card tricks as he is with dice. He can also make fish paste disappear with consummate ease.

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Macavity's a tall, thin, ginger cat who operates outside the law, that is ALL laws including the law of gravity. In fact Macavity is a master criminal who when a crime is committed is never there.  In fact there may be scenes of crimes you feel he could be responsible for, spilled milk, a broken window or a plant that has been knocked over, but he's never there.

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Old Deuteronomy

Old Deuteronomy has lived a long time, in Eliot's words, he's a cat who has lived many lives in succession. From that we can take it he's old and so commands great respect from all who know him in the place where he lives. In the musical 'Cats' the song representing this cat is one of my favourites for both the words and the register in which it is pitched. 

I could go on with the remainder of the cats but you will research them yourselves if interested enough. Suffice it to say that they are from poems as many songs are and so, to those who are sceptical about poetry, I remind you of Robin Williams thoughts on poetry when he said that we don't read and write because its cute but because we are members of the human race and the human race is full of passion. You could add to that the human race is rich in humour and divergent thinking.

God Bless