Stuffed Owl An Anthology of Bad Verse

ISBN-10: 1590170385

ISBN-13: 9781590170380

Edition: 2003

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Description: The editors of this legendary and hilarious anthology write: "It would seem at a hasty glance that to make an anthology of Bad Verse is on the whole a simple matter . . . On the contrary . . . Bad Verse has its canons, like Good Verse. There is bad Bad Verse and good Bad Verse. It has been the constant preoccupation of the compilers to include in this book chiefiy good Bad Verse." Here indeed one finds the best of the worst of the greatest poets of the English language, masterpieces of the maladroit by Dryden, Wordsworth, and Keats, among many others, together with an index ("Maiden, feathered, uncontrolled appetites of, 59;. . . Manure, adjudged a fit subject for the Muse, 91") that is itself an inspired work of folly.

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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 4/30/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Billy Collins has published six collections of poetry, including Questions About Angels and The Art of Drowning, Picnic, Lightning, his latest, sold more than 25,000 copies in its first year. He teaches at Lehman College of the City University of New York and at Sarah Lawrence College. He was named U.S. Poet Laureate in June 2000.

Preface
Proem
Hors-d'CEuvre--I
Hors-d'CEuvre--II
An Archangel's Toilet
Yoicks! Gone Away!
The Body: A Fancy
No Doubt
From "Nature's Dessert"
A Posset for Nature's Breakfast
The Return of Charles II
The English Fleet Goes Out
The Faculty at Work
To Account Rendered
The Wonder
Short Curse
On His Mistress Drowned
Heavy Going
The Blue Pencil
Ode upon the New Year
The Chase of the Metaphor
From the Psalms
From the Book of Job
The Crystal Palaces
Possibilities
Rosamond's Song
King Henry's Song
Mr. Gunston is Shown round Heaven
A Polyglot in Paradise
Mr. Mead, Mr. Bates, and Mr. Gouge
Mrs. Warner Arrives Above
On the Landing of William III
From the New Year's Ode, 1731
From the Birthday Ode, 1732
From Another, 1743
Salute to Property
Ode to Miss Margaret Pulteney
To the Right Hon. Robert Walpole, Esq.
Nature Queries
Rustic Interior
Advice to the Stout
The Gastric Muse
On Washing
On Feather Beds
A Submarine Jaunt
Seascape
A Runcible Thought
"Sting Her Up!"
From the "Ode to the King"
From "Ocean, an Ode"
To a Solemn Musick
Final Paean
Ye Nations, Tremble! Parliament has Met
With a Yo, Ho, Ho
La Pudeur Francaise
Pastoral
The Insensible Hottentot
The House Beautiful
Leeds for Pleasure
Home Industries First
Goats and Botanists
The Chase of Jessy
Le Spleen
Bryan and Pereene
Crescendo
The Shame of France
Advice to Slave-Owners
Call to the Muse
Of George, and Property
Il Latte
Hops and Props
The Nail in the Grass
Entry of the Villagers
Cause and Effect
A Sombre Moment
Females, Sacred and Profane
Eliza at the Battle
Fine Figure of a Nymph
"Ae Fond Kiss, and Then
The Maiden Truffle
The Birth of KNO[subscript 2]
Mr. Baker is Well
Miss Hoyland is Coy
Mr. Smith is Dead
A Business Man's Lair
The Baileys
A Bright Morning
Invitation to the Waltz
Verses on the Death of Sir James Hunter Blair
Elegy Written after reading the "Sorrows of Werter"
The Rush to the Lakes
Some Terrify Lions
The Poet is Piqued
The Tiff
Off Duty
The Well-Aimed Tear
Moods
Notice to Tourists
The Temple of Chastity
The Vest of Myrtle
Virtue Protests
Ratiocinative
The Affectionate Heart
George III Enters Paradise
Lovers' Exchange
Domestic Chat
"What with This and That--"
Aphrodite Adiposa
The Evening Stroll
The Evening Sin
Britannia Rejecta
The Tear
The Prisoner Scolds
Caesar Sings
Odd Case of Mr. Gill
(Oxford Street?)
The Aged, Aged Man
Asked and Answered
The Old Huntsman
The Poet Reveals All
Baffled
The Course Prescribed
A Mother's Quest
Insensibility
The Stuffed Owl
Decadence; or, The Umbrella
A Worm's Life Not Everything
An Experiment that Failed
To Some Ladies
The Female Friend
The First-Rate Wife
The Unfortunate Gentleman
From "The Rose-Covered Grave"
Catastrophe
The Poet Questions the Ant
And So Home
A Contretemps
Proximities
The Once-Over
Get-Together Song
Efficiency
Oh, No! We Never Mention Her
Something to Love
I'm Saddest When I Sing
The Soldier's Tear
I'd be a Butterfly
Insect Affection
Marine Vignette
A Request
Fore and Aft
On the Revolution
The Earl and the Girl
A Challenge
Only a Thought
Prone
Bridal Ballad
Eulalie
Miss Adair
Miss Lee
A Call
From "The Vigil of Aiden"
Snoblesse Oblige
Excelsior
Lord Stanhope's Steamer
On the Cork Packet, 1837
Great Western Days
The Death of Huskisson
Roses All the Way
The Railway Boom, 1845
A Lesson for the Proud
Vision of the World, regenerated by the Gospel and the Power of Steam
Trombone Solo
Live and Let Live
Becalmed in the Tropics
A Thought
From "The Old Arm-Chair"
Entry of the Marines
A Thought
Incident in Italy
The Passing of Arthur
Paean
Portrait of a Victorian Author
The Marriage Market
The Poor Relation; or, Pious Hope Frustrated
The Art of Giving (1850)
The Beelah Viaduct
Haloes, Not Hats
Mentem Mortalia Tangunt
A Timely Hint
Check to Song
Financial Note
The Count and the Lady
Sordid Scene
A Divine Mission
Disaster at Sea
A State Occasion
The Good Young Squire
A Graceful Divine
A Lisp in Numbers
From "Ashtaroth," a Drama
The Fight in the Cave
A Warning
Steam: The Seamy Side
Byron: A Critical Survey
A Noble Structure
Hic Finis Rapto
The Poet is Scornful
A Call (1876)
Anti-Bacchics
Ode Sung at the Opening of the International Exhibition
The Lord of Burleigh
Ocean-Spoil Alive, O!
Riflemen Form
Iphigenia in Extremis
Postprandial
Subject Index
Index of Authors
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