English Poems Index
A dog is A Dog. :
Now dogs pretend they like to fight;
They often bark, more seldom bite;
But yet a Dog is, on the whole,
What you would call a simple soul.
Of course I'm not including Pekes,
And such fantastic canine freaks.
The usual Dog about the Town
Is much inclined to play the clown
And far from showing too much pride
Is frequently undignified.
He's very easily taken in-
Just chuck him underneath the chin
Or slap his back or shake his paw,
And he will gambol and guffaw.
He's such an easy-going lout,
He'll answer any hail or shout.
Again I must remind you that
A Dog's a Dog - A CAT'S A CAT. By Thomas Stearns Eliot
About The Poet :
Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888-1965), a leading poet and dramatist wrote many plays and poems. His masterpiece is The Waste Land.
Words to Know :
Pretend : act
Seldom : very rarely
Pekes : Pekinese dogs (a very small dog with long and soft hair, short legs and flat nose)
Undignified : looking silly
Gambol : to run about in a lively way
Guffaw : to laugh noisily
Lout : one who behaves rudely