Poetry For Young Children ~ The Rum Tum Tugger by T.S. Eliot

Cat by rarvasen on flickr

When I first rediscovered this poem I missed my own cat, even though she was not quite as incorrigible as Rum Tum Tugger, the cat who inspired the poet’s pen.  Writer Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888 – 1965) was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but later moved to Great Britain and became a British citizen.  He is considered one of the major poets of the 20th century.  You can find more about T.S. Eliot on Wikipedia.

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The Rum Tum Tugger is from a book of light verse by Eliot, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, published in 1939.  Interesting fact: this book inspired the Broadway musical Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber. In researching this post, I discovered that T.S. Eliot’s work may still be copyrighted, so The Rum Tum Tugger won’t be printed out here.

I considered featuring another poem this week, but I was so happy to find The Rum Tum Tugger, it’s so much fun, and it’s about a cat!  Besides, this marvelous cat photo from rarvesen on flickr is too good to pass up.  (Doesn’t he looks like he’s about to get into trouble?)  Even though I can’t share my printable, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats deserves a mention it so you can find it for your kids at the library or elsewhere online.


Text Copyright 2014 Kathryn Depew

Image from flickr.com used under the Creative Commons license.  Image source: rarvesen.

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