View Full Version : Eliot's Naming of Cats -(Dedicated to Suha) Soon in Tamil

03-21-2004, 02:02 AM
Every one has heard of Andrew Llyod Webber's wonderful musical: Cats. All the lyrics in this musical are drawn from T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Cats. Here is a little poem from that book, titled, Naming of Cats. T.S. Eliot, one of the foremost of 20th century poets has written some of the most widely read and acclaimed poems and writings..: Love Song of Alfred Prufrock, Waste Land, Murder in the Cathedral (drama)... Most of them complicated litrary works involving imagery drawn from way too many sources all blended in his mystical way - delightfully and intriguingly. His book of cats differs from his other writings because its not one of his sombre writings, but a hilarious and funny set of poems.. Eliot was one of the greatest (and a Nobel Prize winner for literature too!).. Lets go to..

Naming of Cats
T.S. Eliot

The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.

First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, or George or Bill Bailey -
All of them sensible everyday names.

There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter -
But all of them sensible everyday names.

But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?

Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum -
Names that never belong to more than one cat.

But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover -
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.

When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:

His ineffable effable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.


This song is affectionately dedicated to Geetham's favorite cat.. :sm10: errrrrr... baby, and my favorite 'grand-daughter' :wink: .. Suha Anjum !! :yes: Some happy day, I will sit down and translate this for her into Tamil.... Wait a little while, Suha Chellam.. We will name the cats in tamil and have fun.. :b: Others.. Just enjoy the song in english for the moment..

Thanks !


03-21-2004, 02:17 AM
:sm12: :sm12: :sm12: :sm12: hiya cat song... :dance: :dance: .....

tha tha chow chweet...... :sm35: ......... but cat vandhu yaaru teriyumma.. :sm12: :sm12: :sm12: tha tha idhu yennakka illla meow chellam ka :sm12: :sm12:

super tha tha thank u :sm03: :sm03: :sm05:

03-21-2004, 02:21 AM

You are very welcome, chella.. Meow-kku innoru paattu irukku... First unakku appuram thaan meow.. :wink:

meow meow.. :D :D :D


03-21-2004, 05:50 AM
Cool one Vasan :)
super :yes:
waiting to read in tamil :)

meow meow madhu kutti
meesai kaara madhu kutti :lol:

03-21-2004, 09:18 AM
cute poem... :)

haha i think it'll be fun to read ur translation with tamil names and all... :sm12:

03-21-2004, 11:58 AM
http://www.geetham.net/photoshow/albums/userpics/15148/normal_suha%20papa7.jpg COOOOOOOL :ahha:

03-21-2004, 12:05 PM
:sm12: :sm12: :sm12: :sm12: :sm12: :sm12: :sm12: :sm12:

suha :lol: meow.........

michei chells.......super meow..i means cat......

meow meow...u r very cute......love u meow :sm05:

03-21-2004, 12:34 PM
:D :D