American wits: an anthology of light verse

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Library of America, 2003 - Humor - 194 pages
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Distinguished poet and critic John Hollander offers, for the first time ever, a buoyant guided tour of American light verse-a tradition he delightfully pursues from Ambrose Bierce's sardonic The Devil's Dictionary quatrains to the latter-day comic inventions of Edward Gorey, Kenneth Koch, and James Merrill. Along the way, American Wits gathers a rich harvest of couplets, clerihews, epigrams, parodies, burlesques, and other forms of fractured verse. The varied and often surprising list of contributors includes Edwin Arlington Robinson, Don Marquis, T. S. Eliot, Christopher Morley, Dorothy Parker, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ogden Nash, Phyllis McGinley, and Anthony Hecht.

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User Review  - Sarahfine - LibraryThing

A great collection with many laugh-out-loud poems. My personal standouts were "A Colloquial Reply: To Any Newsboy," by Vachel Lindsay, which ponders the difference between hating a person's morals ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jason - Goodreads

Every April I try to read some poetry for National Poetry Month. Based on its title, I selected this volume, American Wits. Wit is a pretty open term, but I was looking forward to a full-throated ... Read full review


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About the author (2003)

John Hollander has published eighteen books of poetry, including Picture Window (2003), as well as five books of criticism. He recently retired as Sterling Professor of English at Yale.

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