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Ad-dressing Charlie and Other Cats

Charlie the Vet Cat

Charlie at Newbury Veterinary Clinic

“With Cats, some say, one rule is true:
Don’t speak till you are spoken to.
Myself, I do not hold with that —
I say, you should ad-dress a Cat.
But always keep in mind that he
Resents familiarity.”

Excerpt from  T.S. Eliot’s “The Ad-dressing of Cats”

Always formally address Charlie the Newbury Veterinary Clinic welcome wagon. Charlie allows you to touch him, sometimes. If he is not in the mood, he lets you know with a nip. For the fifth day of  National Poetry Month, celebrate Charlie and T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

Do you write poems about your furry friends?

Listen to T.S. Eliot read “The Ad-dressing of Cats”

     Popova, Maria. “T.S. Eliot Reads T.S. Eliot: ‘The Ad-dressing of Cats’ 1947.” Brainpickings. Brainpickings: n.d. Web. 4 Apr. 2017


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