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The fireside book of humorous poetry.

Author: William Cole
Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster, 1959.
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Genre/Form: Humorous poetry
Poetry genre
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cole, William, 1919-2000.
Fireside book of humorous poetry.
New York, Simon and Schuster, 1959
(OCoLC)647099713
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Cole
OCLC Number: 270052
Description: 522 pages illustrations 24 cm
Contents: The Other Animals (in which the poet dwells on the denizens of field, water, and air disclosed a strange fixation on llamas) --
Eccentrics and Individualists (portraits of some free souls who stand far from the maddening crowd) --
Juveniles (poems about, but not for, children) --
The Soul of Wit (an onmium-gatherum of clerihews, epigrams and other pithy pieces) --
Stories (most improbable) --
Bores and Boobs (in which some foolish and familiar types get their poetic comeuppance) --
Races, Places and Dialects (in which the poet shows that although it is one world there is still room for variety) --
Parody and Spoof (in which the poet mimics his betters and lessers, and happily points up the pretentious) --
Words on Music (in which the poet considers a sister art) --
Primitive (poems that are so bad but they're good) --
In Praise and Dispraise of Love (in which the poet, quite properly, dwells on kissing and courtship, marriage and remembrance) --
The Literary Life (in which the critics are disemboweled, and we have various views on writing, the press and literary affectations) --
No Sense At All (in which the poet lets himself go and creates a world that makes more sense than this one) --
Women (in which they are looked at with a sometimes skeptical eye) --
Playful and Tricky (strange verse forms, tricky meter and fun with the pliable English language) --
Our Time Is Out of Joint (in which the poet considers atoms, advertising, analysis and other things he never had to think about before) --
Harangue and Misanthropy (in which the poet impales with the pen and crowns wit the typewriter) --
The Way of the World (philosophic ruminations and observations on the throes of living, most of which go to prove that 'twas ever thus).
Responsibility: With the original illus. by Tenniel [and others].

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