Monday, October 7, 2013
Review of "Ode on the death of a favorite cat" by Thomas Gray
"Ode on the death of a favorite cat" by Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771) was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on October 6, 2013. A link to the poem may be found here:
The editor's notes reveal that Mr. Gray composed this poem as an elegy in memory of the death by accidental drowning of a pet cat owned by a close friend. The poem is filled with cliches, particularly the painful last line. Nevertheless, Mr. Gray's friend so appreciated the gesture that he had the first stanza engraved on a vase.