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Classic Comic Verse Classic Comic Verse
by Jonathan Swift, Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, and others

Narrator: Jon Moffatt, David Timson, Cathy Sara, and Roger May

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Running Time (Hours): 2:00

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Comedy is totally subjective. What makes one person roar with laughter can fail to elicit even the faintest of smiles from another. But the classics of comic verse have stood the test of time, for some poets make their contemporaries laugh and smile, had the same effect on succeeding generations- and are still doing it now.

Here are the favorites from Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Jonathan Swift, Thomas Hood, Hillaire Belloc, W.S. Gilbert, William Shakespeare, Lord Byron, John Keats, C.S. Calverley- all the way through to the masterly pen of our age, John Betjeman. And that is not to forget perhaps the greatest of them all: Anon.

They wrote in couplets, triplets, in quatrains and trochaic dimeters. There are ballads, sonnets, proverbs, and nonsense verse. Poems to inform, divert, satirize, castigate and praise. And then there is the delightfully abused form, the limerick. A collection to make all listeners smile, laugh, remember and discover.


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