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Christopher Smart
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Poet
    (April 11, 1722-May 21, 1771)
    Wrote 'A Song to David' and 'Jubilate Agno'
    He abused alcohol and had problems keeping out of debt.
    He was placed in an insane asylum for praying too loudly in public places.
    His most famous poem in 'Jubliate Agno,' 'My Cat Jeoffry,' was composed as an ode to his feline friend (Coincidentally, written while he was in the asylum).
    Many believe the poem above is nonsense and should not be taught in schools.
    Due to his supposed insanity and religious fervour, it is hard to take him seriously as a writer (and some say you shouldn't try to).
    He suffered from depression.
    He suffered most of his life from a form of religious mania that he had little control over.
    It is thought that he was thrown in the insane asylum in order to draw attention away from his extreme religious views, not because he was actually insane.
    He was a Biblical scholar and knew the Psalms by heart.
    He died poor and alone in debtor's prison.
    'My Cat Jeoffry,' has become a favorite in English literature classes and is often read to children (and those who like cats).

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