American wits: an anthology of light verse
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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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 (the Kaiser) and hating the person (Iago), David McCord's ode to waistcoats, "Sportif," and Ogden Nash's madcap drunken tongue-twister, "The Private Dining Room." Other notables include Dorothy Parker, E.E. Cummings, W.H. Auden, and even F. Scott Fitzgerald. A book which is both light and enlightening.
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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 ...
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