Comparison Of Christopher Smart 's My Cat Jeoffry And Thomas Gray

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There are a lot of differences between Christopher Smart’s My Cat Jeoffry and Thomas Gray’s Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes. Quite possibly more differences than anything else but within both poems there is also a lot of things that the two poems have in common. The approaches Thomas Gray and Christopher Smart used in order to honor cats, so to speak, are unique and are very much reflections of who Smart and Gray were as people at the time that they wrote the pieces. Christopher Smart used the connections he felt to God to bring out some of his best lines to represent his cat, Jeoffry and Thomas Gray used humor to address a sad time and honor a lost cat for a friend. Christopher Smart’s first line says, “For I will consider my cay Jeoffry,” (Line 695) basically it recites the title of the poem and it’s as if Smart is automatically letting it be known that this entire writing is going to be for Jeoffry. More importantly that the writing is about the fact that Jeoffry is a cat. Simple enough, the poem is about a guy obsessed with his cat. Although, it’s really more in depth than just a guy obsessed with his cat. If we add in the second line of the poem which reads, “For he is the servant of the Living God duly and daily serving him,” (Line 696) we are provided with a little bit of that depth. It’s a must to take into account the fact that Christopher Smart was hospitalized in an asylum for five years due to his need to constantly worship

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