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Humorous Poetry Parodies & Even Verse

62 pages26 minutes


This book of funny and clever parodies will have you laughing, smiling, and nodding your head. It pokes fun at Whitman with "I Sing the Body Bubonic," at Poe with "The Raving," at Dante with "Declined Comedy," at Coleridge with "Rime of the Ancient Maintenance Man,"—and at Emily Dickinson, Shelley, Frost, Donne, Wordsworth, e.e. cummings, Robert Service, and Blake.

Here's the beginning of "The Androyd" (after Blake);

The Androyd

Androyd, Androyd, lasered bright
Through the vacuum of the night,
What impossible pedigree
Could ruin your immortality?

From what distant ooze or thighs
Burned the fire from your eyes?
With what neuron did it conspire
To crush you with celestial fire?

And what sympathy and which art
Could slay you for your lack of heart?
Then as your parts dispersed in space
Did a smile stretch on its face?
. . . .

Other comic verse breaks between the parodies such as "Starbucks":


line up
shuffle lean
order cup
hissing machine
debit habit
inside slurp
bolt like rabbit
outside burp.

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