The Oxford Book of Comic Verse

The Oxford Book of Comic Verse

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 547 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780192142078
  • DDC分類 821.0708


New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 1994. A wide-ranging anthology of comic verse including epigrams, street ballads, clerihews, limericks, advertising jingles, as well as the classic writers of comic verse, from Chaucer to Ogden Nash and beyond.

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From Geoffrey Chaucer to G.K. Chesterton and Augustan Satire to advertising jingles, John Updike to Vikram Seth and Victoria Wood, comic verse has, in its many forms, kept us amused for centuries. This anthology reflects the international scope of humour by bringing together poets from beyond the British Isles. Drawing on many different types of verse, from epigrams to street balleds, clerihews to music-hall, the double-dactyl to the calypso, it offers a wide range of comic pleasures. The poems in this collection are by turns subtle, down-to-earth, macabre, ingenious, acerbic, ribald, and cheerful. The established classics of comic verse, by writers such as Tom Hood, W.S. Gilbert, and Ogden Nash, are represented in force, but many unfamiliar or unexpected names are also included; as are many pieces by current or recent writers.