Review: Poems About Cats
I like cats (no surprise there) and I like poetry, so it wasn’t a huge gamble to take a chance on Poems About Cats, a Cat vs Human book from Yasmine Surovec.
This is a great volume with a range of well chosen verses accompanied by lovely illustrations. The poems as a whole cover the many facets of cat behaviour and their personalities: from the loving cat we cherish right down to the naughty and mischievous cat who’ll steal your dinner and let the dog take the blame.
Here’s a particular favourite:
But cats consider theft a game
And, howsoever you may blame,
Refuse the slightest sign of shame.
(From A Cat’s Conscience)
I found some old favourites in here (such as Edward Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat and William Blake’s The Tyger) but I also discovered some new (to me) verses that touched me, made me laugh or made me well up. The Seventy-Five Praises of Ra aptly opens the book and therefore I was smiling the second my eyes found “thou art the Great Cat”.
This is a really nice volume and one that would be a treasured gift for any cat lover I’m sure. I read it as an ebook and still loved the poems and the illustrations but as a physical volume this must be a real treat.
The closing lines to Three Little Kittens will serve as a more than fitting summary of my thoughts:
Purr, purr, purr, purr,
Purr, purr, purr.