Christopher Smart

Christopher Smart, 1722–71, English poet. A graduate of Cambridge, he lived in London writing poems, editing a humorous magazine, and producing plays. His one great poem, Song to David (1763), an inspirational piece containing superb imagery, was written while he was confined in an asylum for a religious mania. He is also known for his idiosyncratic and often anthologized paean to his cat, Jeoffry, from the surviving fragments of his Jubilate Agno, which was also written during his confinement but not published in a definitive edition until 1954.

See study by F. E. Anderson (1974).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Christopher Smart: Selected full-text books and articles

Christopher Smart: Clown of God By Chris Mounsey Bucknell University Press, 2001
The Poetical Works of Christopher Smart By Phaedrus; Karina Williamson; Christopher Smart Clarendon Press, vol.6, 1996
The Poetrical Works of Christopher Smart By Horace; Karina Williamson; Christopher Smart Clarendon Press, vol.5, 1996
The Annotated Letters of Christopher Smart By Christopher Smart; Betty Rizzo; Robert Mahony Southern Illinois University Press, 1991
Older Masters: Essays and Reflections on English and American Literature By Donald Davie Carcanet, 1992
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 13 "Christopher Smart: Some Neglected Poems"
The English Hymn: A Critical and Historical Study By J. R. Watson Oxford University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Christopher Smart begins on p. 276
The Rise of Romanticism: Essential Texts By Brian Hepworth Carcanet New Press, 1978
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Christopher Smart begins on p. 249
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