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The Penguin book of comic and curious verse (Penguin poets) Hardcover – 1958

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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin poets
  • Hardcover: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (1958)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007KETAK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,268,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAME on March 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was surprised by my reaction to most of the pieces in this book. I expected to enjoy them much more than I did. J.M. Cohen chooses comic verse from the last three centuries and throws in John Skelton to boot. He presents the material in eight chapters: Birds, bests and humans: Unlikely Stories: For Various Occasions: Protests and Expostulations: Whims and Oddities: Rigamaroles and Nonsense: Burlesque and Parody : Street Corner Songs.
There are the standards favorites: Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Samuel Butler, Bret Harte, Oliver Goldsmith, and many many others. The humor writers are almost all British with an occasional American thrown in.
My real sense after reading the collection is how insignificant and small light verse is when compared with ' true poetry'. I may well be wrong but nothing in this collection moved me very much.
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