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Janette's Cat Book Blog

Shakespeare

Fully-Illustrated Version Just Released!

Great news! The fully-illustrated version of my special new e-book, In Defense of Cats!, is now available! Previously a text-only version was published with just a few opening illustrations. I give my deep thanks and sincere gratitude to the illustrator, my artistic mother Rose, and to my brother, David, who enhanced the illustrations for digital publishing with special colors and light effects.

Since the main character, Sir William the Cat, is British, I have also published the book in British English as In Defence of Cats! While Sir William is named after William Shakespeare, we did not yet go so far as to publish it in Early Modern English.

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Mortal Enemy, Immortal Friend

Coming soon is my new poem "Mortal Enemy, Immortal Friend" for cat lovers that reveals the former dark side of our relationship with them!  Per my penchant for happy endings, it will end on a positive note.  I will be using the alternating rhyme scheme of an Elizabethan sonnet of 14 lines.
 
Update 01/15/13:
 
My new poem is now released for everyone to read on my website.  The final title is "Beloved Cat: Once Mortal Enemy, Now Immortal Friend" (click to read). I hope people like it!

My new poem "Spark" for idealists and humanists

While I admire many ethics in world religions and went to Christian churches as a child,
I am foremost a humanist.  I recently wrote a ten verse (aka stanza) poem titled "Spark" for idealists and humanists, and I hope it will be well received.  
 
Since childhood, I have found contentment in the great sense of humanity that shines throughout the works of William Shakespeare, so I decided to write my poem in the iambic pentameter metrical form that he often used.  Iambic pentameter poetry is pleasant to hear and recite, and I chose an "aabb" rhyme scheme for each verse.  Poetry is very enjoyable to write because it is creative and challenging, and I encourage everyone to try it.
 
Webster's Dictionary defines humanism as "1. A philosophy or attitude centered chiefly on the values, interests, and potential of human beings.  2. The shift to secular concerns that resulted from the study of Greek and Roman classics during the Renaissance."
 
It's very true that humanity's continuing departure from supernatural ideas has led to a greater sense of self-awareness and responsibility in our natural world of reality.  Now that we have come so much closer to that essential self-awareness, I hope we will use it to build better global societies that aim to better celebrate and enhance each human life on Earth.
 
I've published the poem on Amazon for 99 cents. The poem's first verse/stanza of ten is:
 
Oh Spark, made from your
  father’s guiding force
And, aye, your mother’s most
  fertile life source,
Of magic ‘lixir, you light up
  the Earth
Whenever you display love,
  peace and mirth.
 
To read the next nine verses, you can download the poem below; please kindly give it a review if you like it.  Thank you!

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