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The Norton book of light verse

Author: Russell Baker
Publisher: New York : Norton, ©1986.
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A collection of 400 poems arranged in eighteen thematic sections.
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Genre/Form: Humorous poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Russell Baker
ISBN: 0393023664 9780393023664
OCLC Number: 14099872
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 447 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Twentieth century blues: Marquis, Don. from Certain maxims of Archy --
Auden, W.H. The unknown citizen/Doggerel by a senior citizen --
MacNeice, Louis. Bagpipe music --
Updike, John. Insomnia the gem of the ocean --
Kinnell, Galway. In a parlor containing a table --
Piercy, Marge. The development --
Ciardi, John. Suburban --
Ginsberg, Allen. I am a victim of telephone --
Lazard, Naomi. In answer to your query --
Conway, Jack. Clothes make the man --
Lipton, James. [Misericordia!] --
Larkin, Philip. Annus mirabilis --
Chappell, Fred. Guess who --
Hoffenstein, Samuel. [Babies haven't any hair] --
Nash, Ogden. A man can complain, can't he? --
Coward, Noel. What's going to happen to the tots? --
Blaker, Margaret. Pippa passes, but I can't get around this truck --
Robinson, Edwin Arlington. Miniver Cheevy --
Parry, David Fisher. Miniver Cheevy, Jr. Arts and letters: Wilbur, Richard. The prisoner of Zenda --
Garth, Samuel. [What frenzy has of late possess'd the brain!] --
Herbert, A.E. Triangular legs --
White, E.B.I paint what I see --
Hollander, John. The Russian soul II --
Anonymous. What Hiawatha probably did --
Sagoff, Maurice. Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe/Preface ShrinkLit: Elements of style William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White --
Prior, Matthew. Earning a dinner --
Hecht, Anthony. The Dover bitch --
Cowper, William. Simplicity --
Coleridge, Hartley. Fie on Eastern luxury! --
Thackeray, William Makepeace. A Victorian paraphrase --
Field, Eugene. The preference declared --
Dobson, Austin. Persicos odi: Pocket version --
Whicher, George F. Myrtle for two --
Preston, Keith. Chicago analogue --
Carryl, Guy Wetmore. The sycophantic fox and the gullible raven --
Coward, Noel. He never did that to me --
Burgess, Gelett. The purple cow/Confession --
Sharpless, Stanley J. Hamlet --
Anonymous. You're the top --
Porter, Cole. Brush up your Shakespeare --
Hood, Thomas. To Minerva --
Bishop, Morris. [The limerick is furtive and mean] --
Gilbert, W.S. Song (from "Patience") --
Holmes, Oliver Wendell. Cacoëthes scribendi --
Fried, Barbara. The good old days --
Adams, Franklin P. ("F. P.A.") To a thesaurus --
Preston, Keith. The parental critic --
Belloc, Hillaire. On his books --
Anonymous. To a living author --
Wilbur, Richard. What's good for the soul is good for sales/To an American poet just dead --
Thackeray, William Makepeace. The sorrows of Werther --
Beerbohm, Max. Thomas Hardy and A.E. Housman --
Jonson, Ben. On English monsieur --
Veale, Peter. from Jonsonian poem in progress --
Ransom, John Crowe. Survey of literature --
Nemerov, Howard. Mystery story --
Benson, Gerard. The probatioun officeres tale --
Thomas, Lord Erskine. On Scott's "The field of Waterloo" --
McKinney, Laurence. Oboe --
Carryl, Guy Wetmore. A ballad --
Gray, Victor. ('All the world's a stage') --
Hoffenstein, Samuel. Birdie McReynolds/Miss Millay says something too --
McGinley, Phyllis. Public journal --
Taylor, Bert Leston. ("B. L.T.") Upon Julia's arctics --
Kingsmill, Hugh. What, still alive --
Koch, Kenneth. Variations on a theme by William Carlos Williams --
Reed, Henry. Chard Whitlow --
Kennedy, X.J. From Emily Dickinson in Southern California --
Anonymous. Justice to Scotland --
Chesterton, C.K. Variations on an air composed on having to appear in a pagaent as Old King Cole. Some fun with the mother tongue: McCord, David. Ascot waistcoat --
Godley, A.D. On the motor bus --
Anonymous. The American Indian --
Hollis, Mark. 'Twixt cup and lip --
Guiterman, Arthur. Everything in its place --
Anonymous. Carmen Possum --
Bishop, Morris. The naughty preposition --
Loomis, Charles Battell. O-U-G-H --
King, Stoddard. Idyll --
Guiterman, Arthur. Local note --
Cole, WIlliam. Oh, noa, noa! --
Feinstein, Robert N. Woolly words --
British and Colonial printer. An Arab and his donkey --
Preston, Keith. Lapsus linguae. Only human: Nemerov, Howard. Life cycle of common man --
Dickinson, Emily. I'm nobody! Who are you? --
Anonymous. Brian O'Linn --
Burns, Robert. The jolly beggars --
Bersohn, Robert. The dignity of labor --
George Gordon, Lord Byron. When a man hath no freedom to fight for at home --
Williams, Tennessee. Carrousel tune --
Chappell, Fred. from My mother shoots the breeze --
Roethke, Theodore. from Three epigrams --
White, E.B. To a lady across the way --
Nash, Ogden. Ha! Original sin! --
Untermeyer, Louis. Repentance --
Marquis, Don. The song of Mehitabel --
Davison, Peter. Motley --
McGinley, Phyllis. Reflections at dawn --
Hemminger, Graham Lee. The smoking world --
Herbert, A.P. Saturday night --
Anonymous. Darwinism in the kitchen --
Roethke, Theodore. Song for the squeeze-box --
Betjeman, John. In Westminster Abbey --
King, Stoddard. Trombone solo --
Coward, Noel. I've been to a marvellous party. Life's losers: King, Ben. The pessimist --
Kennedy, X.J. Brats --
Parker, Dorothy. The flaw in paganism --
Frost, Robert. The objection to being stepped on --
Guiterman, Arthur. On the vanity of earthly greatness --
Nash, Ogden. Mr. Artesian's conscientiousness --
Young, Dorothy. Last lauch --
Housman, A.E. Hallelujah! --
Nash, Ogden. Requiem --
Parker, Dorothy. Sanctuary --
Fuller, John. De Sade --
Anonymous. [The night was growing old] --
Anonymous. Determinism --
Klappert, Peter. For the poet who said poets are struck by lightning only two or three times --
Cummings, E.E. Nobody loses all the time --
Smith, Harry B. My Angeline --
Anonymous. Poor but honest --
Graham, Virginia. Disillusionment --
Piercy, Marge. Hello up there --
Kennedy, X.J. In a prominent bar in Secaucus one day --
Field, Eugene. A piazza tragedy --
Gilbert, W.S. To the terrestrial globe (by a miserable wretch). Personalities: Lear, Edward. By way of preface --
Eliot, T.S. Lines to Ralph Hodgson, Esqre./Lines for Cuscuscaraway and Mirza Murad Ali Beg --
Morley, Christopher. The gospel of Mr. Pepys --
Bentley, Edmund Clerihew. [Sir Christopher Wren] --
Lehrer, Tom. Alma --
Updike, John. Some Frenchmen --
Facos, James. Fable --
Anonymous. Graffiti --
Hecht, Anthony. Paradise lost, book V, an epitome --
Hollander, John. Heliogabalus/Danish wit --
Naylor, James B(all). Authorship --
Benét, Rosemary and Stephen Vincent. Hernando de Soto, 1499?-1542 --
Starbuck, George. High renaissance --
Baker, Kathleen Leland. The baby Hilary, Sir Edmund. Food and drink: Milligan, Spike. A thousand hairy savages --
Housman, A.E.G.K. Chesterton on his birth --
Anonymous. Miss Fogerty's cake --
Keats, John. Lines on the Mermaid Tavern --
Hoffenstein, Samuel. XIII (from As the crow flies, let him fly) --
Tucker, St. George. from The cynic --
Roethke, Theodore. The Saginaw song --
Piercy, Marge. Attack of the squash people --
Anonymous. Waiter, please --
Hoffmann, Heinrich. The story of Augustus who would not have any soup --
Smith, Sydney. Salad --
Wells, Carolyn. The universal favorite --
McGinley, Phyllis. Notes for a Southern road map --
Coward, Noel. Any part of piggy --
Lyly, John. Oh, for a bowl of fat canary --
Carroll, Lewis. Turtle soup --
Blount, Roy, Jr. Against broccoli --
Mitchell, Adrian. Giving potatoes --
Field, Roswell Martin. A counterblast against garlic --
Anonymous. Cautionary limerick --
Blake, William. The little vagabond --
Johnson, Samuel. "Hermit hoar ..." --
Belloc, Hillaire. On jam --
Young, George W. Lips that touch liquor --
Anonymous. Judged by the company one keeps --
Peacock, Thomas Love. Chorus (from Crotchet castle) --
Ade, George. R-E-M-O-R-S-E --
Turberville, George. Of drunkenness. Occupations and preoccupations: Guiterman, Arthur. Anthologisitics --
Bishop, Morris. The anatomy of humor --
Roethke, Theodore. 1. Pipling (from Three epigrams) --
White, E.B. Critic (from Definitions) --
Paul, Louis. Cynical portraits --
Nash, Ogden. The purist --
Yeats, William Butler. The fiddler of Dooney --
Parker, Dorothy. Bohemia --
Saxe, John Godfrey. The news --
Hiebert, P.G. The farmer and the farmer's wife --
Belloc, Hillaire. Lord Lucky --
Gilbert, W.S. The modern major-general/The family fool --
Butler, Samuel. The law --
Lamport, Felicia. Poll star --
Sherwood, Robert E. The old hokum buncombe --
Brougham, Lord. The orator's epitaph --
Cummings, E.E. [A politician is an arse upon] --
Jones, M. Keel. Election reflection --
Cummings, E.E. [Next to of course God] --
Hughes, Langston. What? --
Hardy, Thomas. The ruined maid --
King, Stoddard. Crime at its best --
Anonymous. On a clergyman's horse biting him --
White, E.B. Commuter. Money, money, money: Nemerov, Howard. Reflections on the seizure of the Suez, and on a proposal to line the banks of that canal with billboard advertisements --
Bishop, Morris. Diogenes --
Armour, Richard. Money --
Ciardi, John. Back through the looking glass to the other side --
Bunner, H.C. Behold the deeds! --
Hughes, Langston. Little lyric (of great importance) --
Nemerov, Howard. BOOM! --
Nash, Ogden. Introspective reflection --
Belloc, Hillaire. Fatigue --
Adams, Franklin P. ("F. P.A.") The rich man --
Elliott, Ebenezer. On Communists --
Anonymous. Art --
Clough, Arthur Hugh. Spectator ab extra --
Preston, Keith. The complete cynic --
Anonymous. The advertising agency song --
King, Ben. If I should die --
Smith, Stevie. Correspondence between Mr. Harrison in Newcastle and Mr. Sholto Peach Harrison in Hull --
Anonymous. From a London bookshop --
Field, Eugene. Mr. Billings of Louisville --
Belloc, Hillaire. Lord Finchley --
Bierce, Ambrose. [Don't steal, thou'lt never thus compete] --
Anonymous. Where are you going, my pretty maid --
Wilbur, Richard. A summer morning --
Nash, Ogden. from One from one leaves two. Ports of call: Tibble, Anne. Trials of a tourist --
Lear, Edward. The owl and the pussy cat --
George Gordon, Lord Byron. Written after swimming from Sestos to Abydos/The Lisbon packet --
Bishop, Morris. Public aid for Niagara Falls/Ozymandias revisited --
Newton, Byron Rufus. Owed to New York-1906 --
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. Cologne/On my joyful departure from the same city, etc.
Responsibility: edited by Russell Baker, with the assistance of Kathleen Leland Baker.

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[The limerick is furtive and mean] -- Gilbert, W.S. Song (from "Patience") -- Holmes, Oliver Wendell. Cacoëthes scribendi -- Fried, Barbara. The good old days -- Adams, Franklin P. ("F. P.A.") To a thesaurus -- Preston, Keith. The parental critic -- Belloc, Hillaire. On his books -- Anonymous. To a living author -- Wilbur, Richard. What's good for the soul is good for sales/To an American poet just dead -- Thackeray, William Makepeace. The sorrows of Werther -- Beerbohm, Max. Thomas Hardy and A.E. Housman -- Jonson, Ben. On English monsieur -- Veale, Peter. from Jonsonian poem in progress -- Ransom, John Crowe. Survey of literature -- Nemerov, Howard. Mystery story -- Benson, Gerard. The probatioun officeres tale -- Thomas, Lord Erskine. On Scott's "The field of Waterloo" -- McKinney, Laurence. Oboe -- Carryl, Guy Wetmore. A ballad -- Gray, Victor. ('All the world's a stage') -- Hoffenstein, Samuel. Birdie McReynolds/Miss Millay says something too -- McGinley, Phyllis. 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Life cycle of common man -- Dickinson, Emily. I'm nobody! Who are you? -- Anonymous. Brian O'Linn -- Burns, Robert. The jolly beggars -- Bersohn, Robert. The dignity of labor -- George Gordon, Lord Byron. When a man hath no freedom to fight for at home -- Williams, Tennessee. Carrousel tune -- Chappell, Fred. from My mother shoots the breeze -- Roethke, Theodore. from Three epigrams -- White, E.B. To a lady across the way -- Nash, Ogden. Ha! Original sin! -- Untermeyer, Louis. Repentance -- Marquis, Don. The song of Mehitabel -- Davison, Peter. Motley -- McGinley, Phyllis. Reflections at dawn -- Hemminger, Graham Lee. The smoking world -- Herbert, A.P. Saturday night -- Anonymous. Darwinism in the kitchen -- Roethke, Theodore. Song for the squeeze-box -- Betjeman, John. In Westminster Abbey -- King, Stoddard. Trombone solo -- Coward, Noel. I've been to a marvellous party. Life's losers: King, Ben. The pessimist -- Kennedy, X.J. Brats -- Parker, Dorothy. The flaw in paganism -- Frost, Robert. The objection to being stepped on -- Guiterman, Arthur. On the vanity of earthly greatness -- Nash, Ogden. Mr. Artesian's conscientiousness -- Young, Dorothy. Last lauch -- Housman, A.E. Hallelujah! -- Nash, Ogden. Requiem -- Parker, Dorothy. Sanctuary -- Fuller, John. De Sade -- Anonymous. [The night was growing old] -- Anonymous. Determinism -- Klappert, Peter. For the poet who said poets are struck by lightning only two or three times -- Cummings, E.E. Nobody loses all the time -- Smith, Harry B. My Angeline -- Anonymous. Poor but honest -- Graham, Virginia. Disillusionment -- Piercy, Marge. Hello up there -- Kennedy, X.J. In a prominent bar in Secaucus one day -- Field, Eugene. A piazza tragedy -- Gilbert, W.S. To the terrestrial globe (by a miserable wretch). Personalities: Lear, Edward. By way of preface -- Eliot, T.S. Lines to Ralph Hodgson, Esqre./Lines for Cuscuscaraway and Mirza Murad Ali Beg -- Morley, Christopher. The gospel of Mr. Pepys -- Bentley, Edmund Clerihew. [Sir Christopher Wren] -- Lehrer, Tom. Alma -- Updike, John. Some Frenchmen -- Facos, James. Fable -- Anonymous. Graffiti -- Hecht, Anthony. Paradise lost, book V, an epitome -- Hollander, John. Heliogabalus/Danish wit -- Naylor, James B(all). Authorship -- Benét, Rosemary and Stephen Vincent. Hernando de Soto, 1499?-1542 -- Starbuck, George. High renaissance -- Baker, Kathleen Leland. The baby Hilary, Sir Edmund. Food and drink: Milligan, Spike. A thousand hairy savages -- Housman, A.E.G.K. Chesterton on his birth -- Anonymous. Miss Fogerty's cake -- Keats, John. Lines on the Mermaid Tavern -- Hoffenstein, Samuel. XIII (from As the crow flies, let him fly) -- Tucker, St. George. from The cynic -- Roethke, Theodore. The Saginaw song -- Piercy, Marge. Attack of the squash people -- Anonymous. Waiter, please -- Hoffmann, Heinrich. The story of Augustus who would not have any soup -- Smith, Sydney. Salad -- Wells, Carolyn. 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