Comic Poems

ISBN-10: 0375413545

ISBN-13: 9780375413544

Edition: 2001

Authors: Peter Washington

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This treasury of humorous poems brings together a sparkling constellation of witty poets–from Lord Rochester to Lewis Carroll, from Edward Lear to Ogden Nash, from Dorothy Parker to W. H. Auden–and embraces a wide range of forms, including limericks, clerihews, ballads, sonnets, and nonsense verse. Comic Poems is studded with unforgettable classics, along with lesser-known comic gems from across the ages, from ancient Rome to modern America. Here is the immortal "How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear" beside No‘l Coward's "Mad Dogs and Englishmen"; the incomparable "Jabberwocky" next to the famous "There was a young lady of Riga." From Cole Porter and John Updike on love and marriage to Stevie Smith and Dorothy Parker on mortality to the ever-talented Anonymous on almost anything, the lighthearted poetry collected here ranges from the most delightful nonsense to the most sophisticated wit.
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/27/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 4.00" wide x 6.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Peter Washington has edited several Pocket Poets, including Love Poems, Friendship Poems, Love Letters, and The Roman Poets.

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'Wig, rouge, honey'
Their Sex Life
Epigram VI.57
Epigram IX.33
'Hermogenes is rather short'
A Case
'Busts and bosoms have I known'
'I like a woman built on ample lines'
This Englishwoman
Variation on Belloc's 'Fatigue'
'Mean old Hermon'
The Hardship of Accounting
Human Life
Cherry White
Some are Born
Common Sense
The Question
Samson Agonistes
'Man stole fire'
'Having slept with a man'
Prophetic Soul
Two Cures for Love
'Eutychus the painter'
Reflection of Ice-breaking
Genealogical Reflection
Reminiscent Reflection
Crossing the Border
Epigram II.38
On Rutt the Judge
On Certain Ladies
On Taking a Wife
Swans Sing Before They Die
The Reward
Mind and Matter
'A young schizophrenic named Struther'
A Reply
'There was a young lady of Riga'
'There was an old man of Boulogne'
'There was an old party of Lyme'
'When Daddy and Mum got quite plastered'
'A Young Person came out of the mists'
'As the poets have mournfully sung'
'There was an Old Man with a beard'
'There was an Old Lady of Chertsey'
'There was an Old Man whose despair'
'There was an Old Man who said, "Hush!"'
Oscar Wilde
D. G. Rossetti
Alexandre Dumas and His Son
George Gissing
Walter Savage Landor
From Biography for Beginner: J. S. Mill
From Biography for Beginner: 'The intrepid Ricardo'
From Biography for Beginner: '"No, air," and General Sherman'
From Biography for Beginner: George III
From Biography for Beginner: Adam Smith
From Academic Graffiti: 'Lord Byron'
From Academic Graffiti: 'Henry Adams'
From Academic Graffiti: 'Henry James'
From Academic Graffiti: 'When Karl Marx'
From Academic Graffiti: 'Cardinal Newman'
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Lapsus Linguae
Tenuous and Precarious
The Ceiling
'In this mirror'
A Ternarie of Littles, Upon a Pipkin of Jellie Sent to a Lady
The Carcajou and the Kincajou
The Modern Hiawatha
The Mad Gardener's Song
From the Embassy
The Waif
What the Spider Heard
The Fly
Spring in the Bronx
A Little Lamb
Rillons, Rillettes
Private Means is Dead
V. B. Nimble, V. B. Quick
Squeeze Play
In the Dumps
The Termite
Symptom Recital
For an Amorous Lady
Take Me in Your Arms, Miss Moneypenny-Wilson
'The author loving these homely meats'
'On sunny days'
'The impudence of some people'
'While describing to her best friend'
'He marvelled at her breasts'
Alice is at It Again
A True Maid
A Song of a Young Lady to Her Ancient Lover
The Old Man's Complaint: By Mr. Wells
Always True to You in My Fashion
Love Me Little, Love Me Long
Elinor Glyn
Fatal Love
One Perfect Rose
Ich liebe solche weisse Glieder
The Trouble with Women is Men
A Word to Husbands
St. Ives
Hot and Cold
The Mistake
Sucking Cider Through a Straw
The Newlyweds
On Kant's Definition of Marriage in The Metaphysics of Ethics
Spectator ab extra
Recipe for a Salad
The Bun
Sonnet to Vauxhall
Smelt and Tasted
Heard and Seen
The 'Satire'
The Comming of Good Luck
Divided Destinies
Look for the Silver Lining
Praise is a Mirror
The Nightmare
Complaint to Four Angels
Epigram V.9
Epigram IV.70
I've been to a Marvellous Party
The Party Next Door
Evening Musicale
Stately as a Galleon
A Literary Dinner
Vers de Societe
How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear
Henry King
The Purist
Upon Clunn
The Tank
Miss Clegg
Mad Dogs and Englishmen
Lines for Cuscuscaraway and Mirza Murad Ali Beg
Yes and No
The Latest Decalogue
I Had Duck-billed Platypus
In a Copy of More's (or Shaw's or Wells's or Plato's or Anybody's) Utopia
On a General Election
The Solution
Low Down Sandcastle Blues
A Modest Politician
Epitaph on a Politician
Lord Finchley
The Pacifist
The World State
Lord Lundy
There Lived a King
The Ewart Organization
Guns Before Butter
High Sugar
Bloomsbury Snapshot
Reproof Deserved, or After the Lecture
The Black Box
Cacoethes Scribendi
On His Books
From The Second Part of Absalom and Achitophel
'You cannot hope to bribe or twist'
'A critic is a creature who has views'
On a Lady who P - st at the Tragedy of Cato
To Minerva
The Uncertainty of the Poet
The Pig
The Wasp
The Frog Prince
The Frog
The Octopus
The Eel
The Rabbit
To a Mouse
Epigram III.35 ('Instant Fish')
To a Fish
A Fish Answers
The Python
The Cobra
An Appeal to Cats in the Business of Love
The Blind Sheep
The Grackle
The Hippopotamus
The Hippopotamus Song
Epigram ('I am his Highness' dog')
The Dog
The Cow
The Louse
The Bunyip
Mr. Jones
L'Enfant glace
Nothing to Fear
My Dad was Worried
Lean Gaius
To His Skeleton
Arithmetic on the Frontier
Yes, I Know
All Things Pass
A Toccata of Galuppi's
'Give me a doctor'
On Mary Ann
On Will Smith
At Potterne, Wiltshire
Epigram I.16
Epitaph on Charles II
Here Lies a Philosopher
'The angler rose'
Epitaph on an Unfortunate Artist
From Tombstones in the Starlight
A Dentist
At Great Torrington, Devon
At Aberdeen
Epitaph in St. Olave's, Southwark, on Mr. Munday
On a Tired Housewife
Index of Authors
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