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Cat and/or Dog poems or songs

Discussion in 'English' started by anon4561, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. Looking for some cat and/or dog poems or songs appropriate for years 5/6 up to senior level.
    If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be really grateful!
  2. Lots for different ages in T S Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.
  3. sianna

    sianna New commenter

    a case of murder by vernon scannel is fab!
  4. Thank you! My internet is very slow tonight (as it is most nights.....I'm in Oz) but will check these out tomorrow... Thank you! x
  5. anon8315

    anon8315 Established commenter

    A good one by Ted Hughes as well!
  6. moose2

    moose2 New commenter

  7. Oh, yes!!!!! Thank you! And thanks to everyone else... still checking things out, but have a good little package put together! I think this is going to be great! [​IMG]
  8. there's also a beautiful one by anthony thompson called 'death of a cat'
    and the dog lovers by spike milligan
    i have a whole set of lesson plans and a scheme of work based on animal poems (some with cats and dogs in them) along with copies of most of the poems
    i'll email it to you if you send me an address
  9. CaptGrimesRetd

    CaptGrimesRetd Occasional commenter

  10. Sorry, Edwina.... that sounds brilliant. Have been trying to PM, but it keeps oopsing on me. Will try again tomorrow :)
  11. Thank you everyone..... I put this on Music too... so getting lots of ideas....... I really appreciate this. As I said on Music thread, bit distracted just now with school musical, but will check everything next week when it's all over. Thank you again x
  12. This is one of my favourites
    Cats no less liquid than their shadows
    Offer no angles to the wind.
    They slip, diminished, neat through loopholes
    Less than themselves; will not be pinned

    To rules or routes for journeys; counter
    Attack with non-resistance; twist
    Enticing through the curving fingers
    And leave an angered empty fist.

    They wait obsequious as darkness
    Quick to retire, quick to return;
    Admit no aim or ethics; flatter
    With reservations; will not learn

    To answer to their names; are seldom
    Truly owned till shot or skinned.
    Cats no less liquid than their shadows
    Offer no angles to the wind.
    -- A S J Tessimond

    Or this by Don Maquis

    At midnight in the alley
    A tom-cat comes to wail,
    And he chants the hate of a million years
    As he swings his snaky tail.
    Malevolent, bony, brindled,
    Tiger and devil and bard,
    His eyes are coals from the middle of Hell
    And his heart is black and hard.
    He twists and crouches and capers
    And bares his curved sharp claws,
    And he sings to the stars of the jungle nights
    Ere cities were, or laws.
    Beast from a world primeval,
    He and his leaping clan,
    When the blotched red moon leers over the roofs
    Give voice to their scorn of man.
    He will lie on a rug to-morrow
    And lick his silky fur,
    And veil the brute in his yellow eyes
    And play he's tame, and purr.
    But at midnight in the alley
    He will crouch again and wail,
    And beat the time for his demon's song
    With the swing of his demon's tail.
  13. sianna

    sianna New commenter

    lovely, i've copied it before it gets removed by the cen sor
  14. Brilliant! Thank you... have copied it too! x

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