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T S Eliot

T S Eliot, (1888-1965) was born on this day, 26 September in 1888, he was famous as a poet and playwright and considered to be one of the 20th century’s major poets. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, however he spent time at Oxford University during the First World War. He moved to England permanently and married there, he be became a British citizen in 1927 at the age of 39.

Eliot first attracted attention for his poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” in 1915, described as a modernist masterpiece. It was followed by some of the best-known poems, especially “The Waste Land” (1922) Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (1939) and “Four Quartets” (1943). He was also known for his seven plays, particularly Murder in the Cathedral (1935) and The Cocktail Party (1949). He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948, for outstanding contribution to poetry.

If you want to read more about the musical Cats based on Elliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats see a previous post below:

https://wordpress.com/post/poetisatinta.wordpress.com/406

Here is his poem Rum Tum Tugger:

Rum Tum Tugger

The Rum Tum Tugger is a Curious Cat:

If you offer him pheasant he would rather have grouse.

If you put him in a house he would much prefer a flat,

If you put him in a flat then he’d rather have a house.

If you set him on a mouse then he only wants a rat,

If you set him on a rat then he’d rather chase a mouse.

Yes the Rum Tum Tugger is a Curious Cat–

And there isn’t any call for me to shout it:

For he will do

As he do do

And there’s no doing anything about it!

The Rum Tum Tugger is a terrible bore:

When you let him in, then he wants to be out;

He’s always on the wrong side of every door,

And as soon as he’s at home, then he’d like to get about.

He likes to lie in the bureau drawer,

But he makes such a fuss if he can’t get out.

Yes the Rum Tum Tugger is a Curious Cat–

And there isn’t any use for you to doubt it:

For he will do

As he do do

And there’s no doing anything about it!

The Rum Tum Tugger is a curious beast:

His disobliging ways are a matter of habit.

If you offer him fish then he always wants a feast;

When there isn’t any fish then he won’t eat rabbit.

If you offer him cream then he sniffs and sneers,

For he only likes what he finds for himself;

So you’ll catch him in it right up to the ears,

If you put it away on the larder shelf.

The Rum Tum Tugger is artful and knowing,

The Rum Tum Tugger doesn’t care for a cuddle;

But he’ll leap on your lap in the middle of your sewing,

For there’s nothing he enjoys like a horrible muddle.

Yes the Rum Tum Tugger is a Curious Cat–

And there isn’t any need for me to spout it:

For he will do

As he do do

And there’s no doing anything about it!

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Published by poetisatinta

I was born and live in rural North Wales (UK) and found poetry again after a lifetime, so grateful I did :)

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