Poems are for sharing out loud. Poems are for sharing out loud



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Poems are for sharing out loud.

  • Poems are for sharing out loud.

  • The difference between prose and poetry is rhetorical density: schemes and tropes.

  • Poems are emotional and sensual.



Edmund Clerihew Bentley invented a satiric verse form called the “clerihew.”

  • Edmund Clerihew Bentley invented a satiric verse form called the “clerihew.”

  • When their lordships asked Bacon

  • How many bribes he had taken

  • He had at least the grace

  • To get very red in the face.



In 1901, Burgess wrote a playful parody of Emily Dickenson’s “I Never Saw a Moor.” Burgess’s poem went as follows:

  • In 1901, Burgess wrote a playful parody of Emily Dickenson’s “I Never Saw a Moor.” Burgess’s poem went as follows:

  • I never saw a Purple Cow,

  • I never Hope to See one.

  • But I can Tell you Anyhow,

  • I’d rather see than Be one!



Burgess was forced to recite this ditty so often that in desperation he wrote a new poem:

  • Burgess was forced to recite this ditty so often that in desperation he wrote a new poem:

  • Oh Yes, I wrote “The Purple Cow.”

  • I’m Sorry now I Wrote it.

  • But I can Tell you Anyhow,

  • I’ll Kill you if you Quote it.”



  • George Carlin: “I’m a Modern Man”:

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZGzmKjsAoA



Lewis Carroll wrote parodies and nonsense verse:

  • Lewis Carroll wrote parodies and nonsense verse:

  • ‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

  • Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

  • all mimsy were the borogroves,

  • And the mome raths outgrabe.



When Allen Ginsberg ushered in the age of “Beat” poetry with “Howl,” people were amazed that a poem about depression and suffering could also be exuberant and exciting and filled with fresh and humorous images.

  • When Allen Ginsberg ushered in the age of “Beat” poetry with “Howl,” people were amazed that a poem about depression and suffering could also be exuberant and exciting and filled with fresh and humorous images.

  • Here is an example of these images, as he writes about:

  • “…angel-headed hipsters,” from “Zen New Jersey,” eating “the lamb stew of the imagination,” and being “run down by the drunken taxicabs of Absolute Reality.”



Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum

  • Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum

  • I smell the blood of an Englishman.

  • Be he alive or be he dead

  • I’ll grind his bones to make my bread.



Edward Lear wrote “learics.” The name of the genre was later changed to “limericks.”

  • Edward Lear wrote “learics.” The name of the genre was later changed to “limericks.”

  • There is a young lady whose nose,

  • Continually prospers and grows;

  • When it grew out of sight,

  • She exclaimed in a fright

  • “Oh! Farewell to the end of my nose!”



Lowell was a Harvard professor who was opposed to the Mexican War. He invented a character by the name of Birdofredum Sawin as a satiric spokesperson for his anti-war sentiments.

  • Lowell was a Harvard professor who was opposed to the Mexican War. He invented a character by the name of Birdofredum Sawin as a satiric spokesperson for his anti-war sentiments.

  • Birdofredum had lost an arm, a leg, and an eye in the war, so he planned to go into politics as a way of cashing in on his “disfigurements.” His political speeches went like this:



If, while you’re lectioneerin round, some curious chap should beg

  • If, while you’re lectioneerin round, some curious chap should beg

  • To know my views o’ state affairs, just answer WOODEN LEG!

  • If they ain’t satisfied with that, and kinda pry and doubt,

  • And ax for somethin’ definite, just say ONE EYE PUT OUT!

  • In talking about his “platform” Birdofredum continues:



Then you can call me “Timbertoes”—that’s what the people likes!....

  • Then you can call me “Timbertoes”—that’s what the people likes!....

  • “Old Timbertoes,” you see, ‘s a creed it’s safe to be quite bold on,

  • There’s nothin in’t the other side can any ways get hold on.





Julia Moore, the “Sweet Singer of Michigan” wrote funeral poems:

  • Julia Moore, the “Sweet Singer of Michigan” wrote funeral poems:

  • One morning in April, a short time ago.

  • Libbie was alive and gay;

  • Her Savior called her, she had to go,

  • Ere the close of that pleasant day.

  • While eating dinner, this dear little child

  • Was choked on a piece of beef.

  • Doctors came, tried their skill awhile,

  • But none could give relief.



Mark Twain confessed to studying Julia Moore’s poetry to learn the art of writing “funny” poems.

  • Mark Twain confessed to studying Julia Moore’s poetry to learn the art of writing “funny” poems.

  • He is said to have used Moore as the model for Emmaline Grangerford, who wrote “Ode to Stephen Dowling Bots, Dec’d,” in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.



Matthew Prior was a 17th-century poet who wrote epigrams:

  • Matthew Prior was a 17th-century poet who wrote epigrams:

  • Sir, I admit your general rule,

  • That every poet is a fool:

  • But you yourself may serve to show it,

  • That every fool is not a poet.



Theodore Seuss Geisel wrote under the names of Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone, and Dr. Seuss.

  • Theodore Seuss Geisel wrote under the names of Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone, and Dr. Seuss.

  • When Dr. Seuss was awarded an honorary doctorate at a college graduation, the entire audience stood up and recited Green Eggs and Ham.



  • Alliteration: Jack Webb and Johnny Carson: “Kleptomania”:

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjquGpmgwOo



Col. D. Steamer was the pen name of Harry Graham, an English soldier who produced a book of “Little Willie” or “Little Billie” poems.

  • Col. D. Steamer was the pen name of Harry Graham, an English soldier who produced a book of “Little Willie” or “Little Billie” poems.

  • Billy, in one of his nice, new sashes,

  • Fell in the fire and was burned to ashes.

  • Now, although the room grows chilly,

  • I haven’t the heart to poke poor Billy.





Chauncy Gardner, who lives in the townhouse of a wealthy man in Washington, D.C., has had virtually no contact with the outside world until the rich man dies.

  • Chauncy Gardner, who lives in the townhouse of a wealthy man in Washington, D.C., has had virtually no contact with the outside world until the rich man dies.

  • The only thing that Chauncy knows about is gardening, so when the “Old Man” dies, and Chauncy leaves the estate and enters the real world of Washington D.C. he talks about what he knows—gardening.

  • But the real world doesn’t realize that Chauncy is talking literally. Since he is dressed so well, and since he has excellent speech and manners, people assume that he is talking metaphorically.

  • They all assume that his simple literal statements have profound metaphorical significance, and so Chauncy rises in the world of Washington D.C. to become an important political figure.

  • In the tradition of Pygmalion, and of My Fair Lady, Chauncy uses his language to attain a high position in the D.C. aristocracy.



Good poetry usually contains much sensual imagery. Poetry is usually about the interaction between a human being and the human being’s senses of smell, taste, touch, sound, and sight.

  • Good poetry usually contains much sensual imagery. Poetry is usually about the interaction between a human being and the human being’s senses of smell, taste, touch, sound, and sight.

  • But good poetry is also often transcendent.





To a Solitary Disciple

  • To a Solitary Disciple

  • Rather notice, mon cher,

  • that the moon is tilted above

  • the point of the steeple

  • than that its color

  • is shell-pink

  • Rather observe

  • that it is early morning

  • than that the sky is smooth

  • as a turquoise.



Rather grasp

  • Rather grasp

  • how the dark

  • converging lines

  • of the steeple

  • meet at the pinnacle—

  • perceive how

  • its little ornament

  • tries to stop them--



See how it fails!

  • See how it fails!

  • See how the converging lines

  • of the hexagonal spire

  • escape upward—

  • receding, dividing!

  • --sepals

  • that guard and contain

  • the flower!



Observe

  • Observe

  • how motionless

  • the eaten moon

  • lies in the protecting lines

  • It is true:

  • in the light colors

  • of morning

  • brown-stone and slate

  • shine orange and dark blue.



But observe

  • But observe

  • the oppressive weight

  • of the squat edifice!

  • Observe

  • the jasmine lightness

  • of the moon.



The syntax of poetry is just as structured as is the syntax of prose, but it follows different rules.

  • The syntax of poetry is just as structured as is the syntax of prose, but it follows different rules.

  • Poetry is usually structured in terms of end-rhyme, internal rhyme, scansion, alliteration, assonance, and rhythm. These surface-structure repetitions are called “schemes.”

  • Robert Frost writes poetry that is based on schemes.

  • In addition, poetry might have metaphor, paradox, enigma, symbolism, double entendre, parody, irony, satire, deadpan, or antithesis. These deep-structure meaning-based concepts are called “tropes.”

  • e. e. cummings writes poetry that is based on “tropes.”



Whose woods these are I think I know.

  • Whose woods these are I think I know.

  • His house is in the village though;

  • He will not see me stopping here

  • To watch his woods fill up with snow.

  • My little horse must think it queer

  • To stop without a farmhouse near

  • Between the wood and frozen lake

  • The darkest evening of the year.



He gives his harness bells a shake

  • He gives his harness bells a shake

  • To ask if there is some mistake.

  • The only other sound’s the sweep

  • Of easy wind and downy flake.

  • The woods are lovely, dark and deep.

  • But I have promises to keep

  • And miles to go before I sleep.

  • And miles to go before I sleep.



In “love,” e. e. cummings breaks almost all of the rules not only of grammar but of poetry.

  • In “love,” e. e. cummings breaks almost all of the rules not only of grammar but of poetry.

  • He also uses Irony, Antithesis and Enigma to exploit the paradoxes and contradictions of “love.”

  • Note that cummings also uses slant rhyme in order to break normal poetic conventions.



love is more thicker than forget

  • love is more thicker than forget

  • more thinner than recall

  • more seldom than a wave is wet

  • more frequent than to fail

  • it is most mad and moonly

  • and less it shall unbe

  • than all the sea which only

  • is deeper than the sea



love is less always than to win

  • love is less always than to win

  • less never than alive

  • less bigger than the least begin

  • less littler than forgive

  • it is most sane and sunly

  • and more it cannot die

  • than all the sky which only

  • is higher than the sky



Jimmy Jet and His TV Set (28-29)

  • Jimmy Jet and His TV Set (28-29)

  • Smart (35)

  • Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout (70-71)

  • The Dirtiest Man in the World (96-97)

  • Lazy Jane (87)





  • Mary Maxwell’s Deadpan Prayer:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPFCn3itBFE



Peek a boo. I see you.

  • Peek a boo. I see you.

  • Eensy weensy spider went up the water spout.

  • Along came the rain and washed the spider out.

  • Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.

  • So eensy weensy spider went up the spout again.

  • Head, shoulders, knees and toes. Knees and toes. Knees and toes.

  • Head, shoulders, knees and toes. Eyes, Ears, Mouth and Nose.

  • This little piggy went to market. This little piggy stayed home.

  • This little piggy had roast beef. This little piggy had none.

  • This little piggy cried wee wee wee wee. All the way home.



99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer,

  • 99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer,

  • If one of those bottles should happen to fall,

  • 98 bottles of beer on the wall….

  • 99 people lying in the bed,

  • 99 people, and one of them said, “Roll over.”

  • They all rolled over, and one rolled out.

  • 98 people lyling in the bed….

  • I went up one set of stairs Just like me.

  • I went up another set of stairs Just like me.

  • I went up a third set of stairs Just like me.

  • And I saw a monkey Just like me.



I saw a rotten banana.

  • I saw a rotten banana.

  • I one it. I two it.

  • I three it. I four it.

  • I five it. I six it.

  • I seven it. I eight it.

  • (or I jumped over it and you ate it)

  • I belong to a secret organization, and I can authorize you to join.

  • But you must chant with me the secret incantation:

  • “Owaa taagoo Siam.”

  • There are also jump-rope rhymes,

  • And counting rhymes,

  • Can you think of other types of folk poetry?



I do not like them, Sam-I-am. I do not like green eggs and ham.

  • I do not like them, Sam-I-am. I do not like green eggs and ham.

  • Would you like them here or there?

  • I would not like them here or there. I would not like them anywhere.

  • I do not like lGreen eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-am.

  • Would you like them in a house? Would you like them with a mouse?

  • I do not like them in a house. I do not like them with a mouse.

  • I do not like them here or there. I do not like them Anywhere

  • I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them Sam-I-am.



Would you like to swing on a star,

  • Would you like to swing on a star,

  • Carry moonbeams home in a jar,

  • And be better off than you are,

  • Or would you rather be a mule.

  • A mule is an animal with long funny ears.

  • He kicks up at anything he hears.

  • His back is brawny, but his brain is weak.

  • He’s just plain stupid with a stubborn streak,

  • And by the way, if you hate to go to school,

  • You may grow up to be a mule.



Or would you like to swing on a star,

  • Or would you like to swing on a star,

  • Carry moonbeams home in a jar,

  • And be better off than you are,

  • Or would you rather be a pig?

  • A pig is an animal with dirt on his face.

  • Its feet are a terrible disgrace.

  • He has no manners when it eats its food.

  • He’s fat and sloppy, and extremely rude,

  • But if you don’t care a feather or a fig,

  • You may grow up to be a pig.



Or would you like to swing on a star,

  • Or would you like to swing on a star,

  • Carry moonbeams home in a jar,

  • And be better off than you are,

  • Or would you rather be a fish?

  • A fish won’t do anything but swim in a brook.

  • He can’t write his name, or read a book.

  • To fool the people is his only thought

  • And though he’s slippery, he still gets caught,

  • But then if that sort of life is what you wish,

  • You may grow up to be a fish



Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey

  • Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey

  • A kiddley divey too, wouldn’t you.

  • Now if the words sound queer and funny to your ear,

  • Just a little bit jumbled up and jivey,

  • Sing, “Mares eat oats, and does eat oats,

  • And little teeny lambs eat ivy.

  • Oh, Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey

  • A kiddley divey too, wouldn’t you.

  • Say! A kiddley divey too, wouldn’t you.



Dit, Dat, Dittem, Dattem, Wattem, Chew

  • Dit, Dat, Dittem, Dattem, Wattem, Chew

  • Swam three little fishes, and a Momma fishy too.

  • “Swim” said the Momma and they swam and they swam

  • And they swam and they swam all over the dam!

  • Keep repeating until your parents say, “Nuf o’ that.”



Oh I’d love to be an Oscar Meyer Wiener.

  • Oh I’d love to be an Oscar Meyer Wiener.

  • That is what I really want to be,

  • Cause if I were an Oscar Meyer Wiener,

  • Then everyone would be in love with me.

  • Everybody doesn’t like something,

  • But nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee.

  • Call Roto Rooter, that’s the name,

  • And away goes trouble, down the drain.

  • I’m a Pepper; she’s a Pepper;

  • Wouldn’t you like to be a Pepper too?



Meow Meow Meow Meow

  • Meow Meow Meow Meow

  • Meow Meow Meow Meow

  • Meow Meow Meow Meow Meow Meow Meow Meow

  • Meow Meow Meow Meow Meow Meow Meow Meow

  • Meow Meow Meow Meow Meow.

  • Meow Mix: Cats ask for it by name.

  • M’m M’m Good, M’m M’m Good.

  • That’s what Campbell’s Soups are,

  • M’m M’m Good.

  • I’d like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony,

  • I’d like to bye the world a Coke and keep it company.

  • It’s the real thing. Coca Cola is Coke.



Double your pleasure. Double your fun,

  • Double your pleasure. Double your fun,

  • With double good, double good, Doublemint

  • Doublemint gum.

  • Two all beef patties, special lettuce,

  • Cheese, pickles, onions

  • On a sesame seed bun.

  • Big Mac, I’m lovin’ it.

  • Like a good neighbor,

  • State Farm is there.

  • When You say Budweiser,

  • You’ve said it all.




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