Eliot once replied to my thesis supervisor's husband, who's poetry he was publishing,
"your dogs have no right to an opinion".
Of all the silly disagreements on this list, this has to be the top. (But loving cats was one of the most charming things about Eliot--at least one that produced warmth and humor--so) "Familiarity" does not mean lack of affection or loyalty or companionability: it means the cat resents disrespect or rudeness, as in "b. an unduly informal act or expression: IMPROPRIETY." (Webster's)That whole poem is about respecting the cat's sense of itself:I bow, and taking off my hat,Ad-dress him in this form: o CAT!But if he is the Cat next door,Whom I have often met before(He comes to see me in my flat)I greet him with an OOPSA CAT!...A Cat's entitled to expectThese evidences of respect.As for Eliot and dogs: "So first, your memory I'll jog. And say: A CAT IS NOT A DOG."Read the whole poem; it's not enthusiastic on a dog, who is "'What you would call a simple soul" and "an easy-going lout."Cats do prefer some propriety; it's not a lack of affection.N>>> Chanan Mittal 10/07/15 1:54 PM >>>
"I say, you should ad-dress a Cat.But always keep in mind that heResents familiarity."-- TS Eliot on 'The Ad-dressing of Cats'
On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, P <email@example.com> wrote:
Since when we're cats loyal?
P.On 7 Oct 2015 6:08 am, Ken Armstrong <kennenathens@FRONTIER.COM> wrote:
So much for loyal companions. ;->
On October 7, 2015 6:58:49 AM EDT, "Rickard A. Parker" <raparker@THEWORLD.COM> wrote:On Tue, 6 Oct 2015 23:50:18 -0400, Chanan Mittal <crmittal@GMAIL.COM> wrote:T.S. Eliot really liked cats according to his wife - NY Daily News
"Cats are fine," says Valerie Eliot. "But actually, I think I prefer dogs."