The World's Best Poetry, Volume 9: Tragedy and Humor (Part 2)

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The ninth of ten volumes of poetry edited by Canadian poet laureate Bliss Carman (1861-1929). This collection, the second of two parts, includes a broad and diverse selection of light and comic verse on miscellaneous topics, including religion, the laboring classes, romance, government, food, the human body, animals, the natural world, and everyday hobbies. Also included are parodies and imitations, ingenuities and oddities, and nonsense verse, all using inventive techniques such as puns, wordplay, alliteration, doggerel, adventurous rhyming, and dialect. - Summary by Tomas Peter

Genre(s): Anthologies

Language: English

Group: World's Best Poetry

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Saint Anthony's Sermon to the Fishes by Anonymous Craig Franklin
00:02:22
Play 02 King John and the Abbot of Canterbury: From 'Percy's Reliques' by Anonymous Group 00:06:42
Play 03 Gluggity Glug: From 'The Myrtle and the Vine' by George Colman the Younger Leanne Yau
Jason in Panama
00:01:58
Play 04 I Am a Friar of Orders Gray: From the Opera of 'Robin Hood' by John O'Keeffe Jason in Panama
00:01:33
Play 05 Good Ale by John Still Leanne Yau
Craig Franklin
00:02:35
Play 06 The Pilgrims and the Peas by Dr. John Wolcot (Peter Pindar) Group 00:03:36
Play 07 The Vicar of Bray by Anonymous Tomas Peter
00:04:52
Play 08 Hudibras' Sword and Dagger: From 'Hudibras,' Part I by Dr. Samuel Butler Sonia
00:02:09
Play 09 The Fine Old English Gentleman by Anonymous Foon
00:02:48
Play 10 Toby Tosspot by George Colman the Younger Group 00:04:02
Play 11 The Milkmaid by Jeffreys Taylor Leanne Yau
Jason in Panama
00:02:47
Play 12 Morning Meditations by Thomas Hood Craig Franklin
00:02:23
Play 13 Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog by Oliver Goldsmith Leanne Yau
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Play 14 Old Grimes by Albert G. Greene Tomas Peter
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Play 15 Elegy on Madam Blaize by Oliver Goldsmith Foon
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Play 16 The Grave-Yard: From 'A Fable for Critics' by James Russell Lowell Tomas Peter
00:02:05
Play 17 Faithless Nelly Gray (A Pathetic Ballad) by Thomas Hood Group 00:03:30
Play 18 Faithless Sally Brown by Thomas Hood Group 00:03:31
Play 19 Orator Puff by Thomas Moore Group 00:02:11
Play 20 The Gouty Merchant and the Stranger by Horace Smith Group 00:02:40
Play 21 The Diverting History of John Gilpin by William Cowper Group 00:11:13
Play 22 Epigrams by Samuel Taylor Coleridge Foon
00:02:22
Play 23 The Razor-Seller by Dr. John Wolcot (Peter Pindar) Group 00:03:51
Play 24 Paper (A Conversational Pleasantry) by Benjamin Franklin Craig Franklin
00:03:48
Play 25 Epitaph: For the Tombstone Erected over the Marquis of Anglesea's Leg, Lost at Waterloo by George Canning Tomas Peter
00:02:07
Play 26 Rudolph the Headsman: From 'This Is It' by Oliver Wendell Holmes Group 00:01:28
Play 27 Song of One Eleven Years in Prison by George Canning Tomas Peter
Foon
00:03:12
Play 28 Little Billee by William Makepeace Thackeray Group 00:02:14
Play 29 Captain Reece by William Schwenck Gilbert Group 00:04:48
Play 30 The Yarn of the 'Nancy Bell': From 'The Bab Ballads' by William Schwenck Gilbert Group 00:04:59
Play 31 The Art of Book-Keeping by Thomas Hood Tomas Peter
00:04:06
Play 32 Address to the Toothache by Robert Burns Leanne Yau
00:01:56
Play 33 To the Terrestrial Globe (By a Miserable Wretch) by William Schwenck Gilbert Jason in Panama
00:01:19
Play 34 The Nose and the Eyes by William Cowper Leanne Yau
Tomas Peter
00:02:18
Play 35 The Vowels: An Enigma by Jonathan Swift Leanne Yau
00:00:47
Play 36 Alnwick Castle by Fitz-Greene Halleck Leanne Yau
00:04:39
Play 37 The Latest Decalogue by Arthur Hugh Clough Sonia
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Play 38 The New Church Organ by Will Carleton Sonia
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Play 39 Tonis ad Resto Mare by Jonathan Swift Leanne Yau
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Play 40 The Irishman and the Lady by William Maginn Tomas Peter
00:02:36
Play 41 The Recruit by Robert William Chambers Tomas Peter
Foon
00:03:16
Play 42 Ritter Hugo by Charles Godfrey Leland Group 00:02:22
Play 43 Hans Breitmann's Party by Charles Godfrey Leland Tomas Peter
00:02:50
Play 44 Leedle Yawcob Strauss by Charles Follen Adams Leanne Yau
00:02:13
Play 45 Dot Long-Handled Dipper by Charles Follen Adams Sonia
00:03:02
Play 46 The Jackdaw of Rheims by Richard Harris Barham (Thomas Ingoldsby, Esq.) Group 00:07:53
Play 47 America: From 'A Fable for Critics' by James Russell Lowell Leanne Yau
00:02:21
Play 48 What Mr. Robinson Thinks: From 'The Biglow Papers,' No. III by James Russell Lowell Craig Franklin
00:03:40
Play 49 Swell's Soliloquy by Anonymous Tomas Peter
00:01:44
Play 50 The Compliment by Eugene Field Leanne Yau
Craig Franklin
00:01:19
Play 51 The Nantucket Skipper by James Thomas Fields Group 00:02:29
Play 52 The One-Hoss Shay; or, The Deacon's Masterpiece (A Logical Story) by Oliver Wendell Holmes Group 00:07:04
Play 53 Griggsby's Station by James Whitcomb Riley Craig Franklin
00:02:56
Play 54 He'd Had No Show by Sam Walter Foss Group 00:01:59
Play 55 The Mystified Quaker in New York by Anonymous Group 00:04:47
Play 56 To the 'Sextant' by Arabella M. Willson Foon
00:04:09
Play 57 Jim Bludso of the Prairie Belle: Pike County Ballads by John Hay Sonia
Craig Franklin
00:02:50
Play 58 To the Pliocene Skull (A Geological Address) by Bret Harte Group 00:04:35
Play 59 Little Breeches: A Pike County View of Special Providence by John Hay Jason in Panama
Foon
00:02:56
Play 60 Jim by Bret Harte Jason in Panama
00:02:05
Play 61 Banty Tim by John Hay Foon
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Play 62 Dow's Flat by Bret Harte Craig Franklin
00:04:00
Play 63 The Society upon the Stanislaus by Bret Harte Jason in Panama
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Play 64 Plain Language from Truthful James (Popularly Known as 'The Heathen Chinee') by Bret Harte Leanne Yau
Craig Franklin
00:02:35
Play 65 A Plantation Ditty by Frank Lebby Stanton Leanne Yau
Tomas Peter
00:01:12
Play 66 De Fust Banjo by Irwin Russell Group 00:04:00
Play 67 Perils of Thinking by Anonymous Jason in Panama
00:00:45
Play 68 Nebuchadnezzar by Irwin Russell Foon
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Play 69 A Life's Love by Anonymous Craig Franklin
00:01:36
Play 70 Darwin by Mortimer Collins Craig Franklin
00:00:36
Play 71 Ode for a Social Meeting (With Slight Alterations by a Teetotaller) by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sonia
00:02:26
Play 72 Hollow Hospitality: From 'Satires,' Book III, Satire 3 by Dr. Joseph Hall Sonia
Foon
00:02:31
Play 73 A Recipe: Roasted Sucking-Pig (from 'Punch's Poetical Cookery Book') by Anonymous Foon
00:02:17
Play 74 A Recipe for Salad by Sydney Smith Leanne Yau
Foon
00:01:44
Play 75 Ode to Tobacco by Charles S. Calverley Tomas Peter
00:01:56
Play 76 A Farewell to Tobacco by Charles Lamb Foon
00:07:23
Play 77 Too Great a Sacrifice by Anonymous Leanne Yau
Jason in Panama
00:00:58
Play 78 From 'Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum' by Wallace Irwin Tomas Peter
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Play 79 A Saddened Tramp by Anonymous Jason in Panama
Foon
00:00:52
Play 80 The Modern House That Jack Built by Anonymous Foon
00:04:14
Play 81 The Friend of Humanity and the Knife-Grinder by George Canning Group 00:02:42
Play 82 Deborah Lee by William H. Burleigh Leanne Yau
00:02:47
Play 83 The Cock and the Bull by Charles Stuart Calverley Sonia
Foon
00:07:34
Play 84 The Auld Wife by Charles Stuart Calverley Group 00:02:37
Play 85 Lovers, and a Reflection by Charles Stuart Calverley Sonia
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Play 86 Nephelidia by Algernon Charles Swinburne Sonia
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Play 87 The Arab by Charles Stuart Calverley Sonia
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Play 88 The Modern Hiawatha by Anonymous Foon
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Play 89 Poems Received in Response to an Advertised Call for a National Anthem by Robert H. Newell (Orpheus C. Kerr) Group 00:08:19
Play 90 Belagcholly Days by Anonymous Leanne Yau
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Play 91 Sneezing by Leigh Hunt Sonia
Craig Franklin
00:01:09
Play 92 To My Nose by Alfred A. Forrester (Alfred Crowquill) Sonia
00:00:51
Play 93 Lapsus Calami by James Kenneth Stephen Sonia
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Play 94 A Conservative by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Leanne Yau
Foon
00:02:22
Play 95 'Forever' by Charles Stuart Calverley Sonia
00:02:04
Play 96 Siege of Belgrade by Anonymous Tomas Peter
00:02:06
Play 97 My Love by Anonymous Leanne Yau
00:01:39
Play 98 Ode to the Human Heart by Laman Blanchard Craig Franklin
00:01:39
Play 99 Metrical Feet by Samuel Taylor Coleridge Tomas Peter
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Play 100 Nocturnal Sketch (Blank Verse in Rhyme) by Thomas Hood Group 00:02:42
Play 101 Railroad Rhyme by John Godfrey Saxe Craig Franklin
00:02:34
Play 102 Physics (The Unconscious Poetizing of a Philosopher) by William Whewell Foon
00:00:47
Play 103 The Collegian to His Bride: Being a Mathematical Madrigal in the Simplest Form by Anonymous Craig Franklin
00:01:11
Play 104 The Lawyer's Invocation to Spring by Henry Howard Brownell Leanne Yau
00:01:07
Play 105 The Cosmic Egg by Anonymous Foon
00:01:17
Play 106 The Hen by Matthias Claudius Group 00:01:45
Play 107 Ode—To the Roc by William John Courthope Sonia
Foon
00:03:48
Play 108 Motherhood by Charles Stuart Calverley Leanne Yau
Foon
00:03:05
Play 109 Disaster by Charles Stuart Calverley Foon
00:02:38
Play 110 Lines Written in an Album by Willis Gaylord Tomas Peter
00:01:01
Play 111 On the Brink by Charles Stuart Calverley Leanne Yau
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Play 112 The V-A-S-E by James Jeffrey Roche Group 00:02:23
Play 113 Larks and Nightingales by Nathan Haskell Dole Leanne Yau
00:01:30
Play 114 Of Blue China by Andrew Lang Leanne Yau
00:01:37
Play 115 A Riddle: The Letter 'H' by Catherine Fanshawe Craig Franklin
00:02:07
Play 116 A Threnody by George Thomas Lanigan Sonia
Foon
00:02:44
Play 117 Lines to Miss Florence Huntington by Anonymous Sonia
00:02:35
Play 118 Nonsense by Thomas Moore Craig Franklin
00:01:02
Play 119 The Purple Cow by Gelett Burgess Tomas Peter
00:00:36
Play 120 Psycholophon by Gelett Burgess Tomas Peter
00:00:58
Play 121 The Baker's Tale: From 'The Hunting of the Snark' by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) Group 00:03:55
Play 122 Jabberwocky by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) Leanne Yau
Craig Franklin
00:01:46
Play 123 For a Novel of Hall Caine's (After Kipling) by Robert Bridges (Droch) Sonia
00:00:48