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Rhymes for the Irreverent Hardcover – January 15, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1877733154 ISBN-10: 1877733156

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. (January 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1877733156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1877733154
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Smile-inducing and thought-provoking. These poems represent Yip's free spirit. He had a tenacious commitment to social justice. --Annie Laurie Gaylor, Freethought Today, January 2006

About the Author

Great American lyricist who wrote "Somewhere, Over the Rainbow," "It's Only a Paper Moon," April in Paris," "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime," and Finian's Rainbow.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Forrest Greene on July 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As a graphic designer and a freethinker I was looking forward to receiving this book. To my surprise it was not only a pleasant arrangement of Mr. Harburg's limericks and other writings, it was a beautifully designed book as well.

Rhymes for the Irreverent would make an excellent book for a young person to help present the concept of questioning the world in which we live.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J Mason on February 25, 2008
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Very wry, rhyming, condensed poems. Just open the book and read a few lines for a laugh, even if the laugh is tinged with sadness for the accuracy of the viewpoint. Very short poems, well expressed and edited.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Davis Gloff on February 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When I mention the name Yip Harburg to anyone, the inevitable response is "Who?" The quickest description of E.Y. harburg is as the lyricist of all the songs in "The Wizard of Oz," including "Somewhere Over the Rainbow. He also wrote the lyrics to "Lydia the Tattooed Lady," "Brother, can you spare a Dime," "April in Paris" and over 300 other lyrics, some well known, some that seem to be lost forever.

But just to Call Yip Harburg a lyricist is to ignore a major part of who he was.

Yip Harburg was also a stand up guy, a progressive, a humorist, a person who was blacklisted in the Red scare of the early 50s and, as this book shows, a writer of hilarious light verse. From grade school days in the early 20th century, Harburg was also a close friend to the Gershwins, and collaborated with them in several projects. Ira Gershwin and Yip encouraged each other as writers in their early careers.
The verse in this book is often very short, and has some of the greatest, most unexpected and funniest rhymes I've ever heard.

If you're not a progressive, you would do well to avoid this book. If you ARE a progressive, you'll love it. Harburg is merciless about the subjects of religion, nationalism, militarism, sex and the misdeeds of the rich. He had me grinning on every single page. This showed me a side of Harburg which encouraged me to read as much as I can about him.

Since Harburg died in 1981, his last political references are regarding Watergate, and he always wrote about contemporary events. His passing left a gap that needs to be filled.

One short verse might say it best:
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An Atom A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

We've licked pneumonia and T.B.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Schramm on May 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Many philosophers should read and learn from Yip Harburg. He manages to condense into a few lines ideas that fill up verbose chapters and books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jo Jo on April 23, 2013
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Love Yip, love this book. Such a creative soul, and this book includes some of his whimsical writings. I recommend it.
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