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Transcript of T.S. Eliot
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Morning at the Window
Rhapsody on a Windy Night
Sweeney Among the Nightingales
The Waste Land
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
The Hollow Men
And Many More PLAYS Murder in the Cathedral
The Elder Statesman
The Cocktail Party
The Family Reunion
The Confidential Clerk "Poetry may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being, to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves."
-T.S. Eliot CATS T.S. Eliot's book "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" was turned into a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The play uses Eliot's poems as lyrics to create a musical all about cats. Characters by Eliot Jennyanydots (The Old Grumbie Cat)
Rum Tum Tugger
Skimbleshanks The Old Gumbie Cat I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyandydots;
Her coat is of the tabby kind, with her tiger stripes and leopard spots.
All day she sits upon stair or on the steps or on the mat;
She sits and sits and sits and sits-- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat! The Rum Tum Tugger The Rum Tum Tugger is a Curious Cat:
If you offer him a pheasant he would rather have a 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 himon 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! http://www.mbird.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/3322600.jpg The Song of the Jellicles Jellicle Cats come out tonight,
Jellicle Cats come one come all:
The Jellicle Moon is shining bright--
Jellicles come to the Jellicle Ball. http://singbookswithemily.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/old-possums-book-of-cats.jpg + http://images.bwwstatic.com/upload10/486295/ALW.jpg = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cats_(musical) http://jelliclecats.wikia.com/wiki/Rum_Tum_Tugger http://catsthemusical99.blogspot.com/ http://cats.nepart.com/Jennyanydots.htm http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/jellicle%20ball Jellicle Cats are black and white,
Jellicle Cats are rather small;
Jellicle Cats are merry and bright,
And pleasant to hear when they caterwaul.
Jellicle Cats have cheerful faces,
Jellicle Cats have bright black eyes;
They like to practise their airs and graces
And wait for the Jellicle Moon to rise. Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer
we a very notorious couple of cats.
As knockabout clown, quick-change comedians
tight-rope walkers and acrobats
They had extensive reputation.
They made their home in Victoria Grove--
That was merely their centre of operation,
for they were incurably given to rove.
They were very well know in Cornwall Gardens,
in Lanceston Place and in Kensington Square.
They had really a little more reputaion
thatn a couple of cats can very well bear. If the area window was found ajar
And the basement looked like a field of war,
If a tile or two came loose on the roof,
Which presently ceased to be waterproof,
If the drawers were pulled out from the bedroom chests,
And you couldn't find one of your winter vests,
Or after supper one of the girls
Suddenly missed her Woolworth pearls:
Then the family would say: "It's that horrible cat!
It was Mungojerrie--or Rumpelteazer!"
And most of the time they left it at that. He is quiet and small, he is black
From his ears to the tip of his tail;
He can creep through the tiniest crack,
He can walk on the narrowest rail.
He can pick any card from a pack,
He is equally cunning with dice;
He is always deceiving you into believing
That he's only hunting for mice.
He can play any trick with a cork
Or a spoon and a bit of fish-paste;
If you look for a knife or fork
And you think it is merely misplaced--
You have seen it one moment, and then it is gawn!
But you'll find it next week lying out on the lawn. http://munkustrap.webs.com/ http://lorrenjopie.deviantart.com/art/Mungojerrie-and-Rumpleteazer-130810099 http://thejellicleball.tumblr.com/ http://jelliclecats.wikia.com/wiki/Mungojerrie http://cheezburger.com/2615818496 http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/mr.%20mistoffelees http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/mr.%20mistoffelees Macavity: The Mystery Cat Macavity's a Mystery Cat; he's called the Hidden Paw--
For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
He's the bafflement of Scotland yard, the Flying Squad's despair;
For when they reach the scene of crime--Macavity's not there!
Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
And when you reach the scene of crime-- Macavity's not there!
You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air--
but I tell you once and once again, Macavity's not there! http://cats.nepart.com/Macavity.htm Gus: The Theatre Cat Gus is the Cat at the Theatre Door.
His name, as I ought to have told you before,
Is really Asparagus. That's such a fuss
To pronounce, that we usually call him just Gus.
His coat's very shabby, he's thin as a rake,
And he suffers from palsy that makes his paw shake.
Yet he was, in his youth, quite the smartest of Cats--
But no longer a terror to mice and to rats.
For he isn't the Cat that he was in his prime;
Though his name was quite famous, he says, in its time.
And whenever he joins his friends at their club
(Which takes place at the back of the neighboring pub)
He loves to regale them, is someone else pays,
With anecdotes drawn from his palmiest days.
For he once was a Star of the highest degree--
He has acted with Irving, he's acted with Tree.
And he likes to relate his success on the Halls,
Where the Gallery once gave him seven cat-calls.
but his grandest creation, as he loves to tell,
Was Firefrorefiddle, the Fiend of the Fell. http://fyeahcontroversialcharacters.tumblr.com/post/41479210612/gus-the-theatre-cat-from-cats-the-musical Bustopher Jones: The Cat about Town Bustopher Jones is not skin and bones--
In fact, he's remarkably fat.
He doesn't haunt pubs--he has eight or nine clubs,
For he's the St. James's Street Cat!
He's the Cat we all greet as he walks down the street
In his coat of fastidious black:
No commonplace mousers have such well-cut trousers
Or such an impreccable back.
In the whole of St. James's the smartest of names is
The name of this Brummell of Cats;
And we're all of us proud to be nodded or bowed to
By Bustopher Jones in white spats! http://moonlit-eyes.org/forever/indexes/images/galleries/video08_bus.php Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat There's a whisper down the line at 11:39
When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
Saying "Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
We must find him or the train can't start."
All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
They are searching high and low,
Saying "Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
Then the Night Mail just can't go."
At 11:42 then the signal's nearly due
And the passengers are frantic to a man--
Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
He's been busy in the luggage van! http://cats.jachymov.cz/en/skimbleshankstherailwaycat.htm So Why Write About Cats? Thomas Stearns Eliot was quite the cat lover. He owned cats of his own and named them interesting names such as Pettipaws and George Pushdragon.
I personally believe he indited irrefragable poetry in a condign way. http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view7/2426935/mungojerrie-and-rumpleteazer-o.gif Works Cited Hirsch,Arthur. The Baltimore Sun. 10 September 2000. 19 April 2013<http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2000-09-10/entertainment/0009090040_1_cat-poems-practical-cats-eliot> Mr. Mistoffellees