Doggerel: Poems about Dogs

Overview

From Chaucer to Billy Collins and from basset hounds to brindle bull terriers, Doggerel presents a robust brood of the most charming verse tributes ever offered to our beloved canine companions.

The rich and assorted cadences of some of the most distinguished poets across the centuries ring out from these pages–from Spenser, Shakespeare, and Pope to Merrill, Merwin, and Muldoon–celebrating pooches of every pedigree and persuasion. Here is Margaret Cavendish’s barking chorus of ...

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Overview

From Chaucer to Billy Collins and from basset hounds to brindle bull terriers, Doggerel presents a robust brood of the most charming verse tributes ever offered to our beloved canine companions.

The rich and assorted cadences of some of the most distinguished poets across the centuries ring out from these pages–from Spenser, Shakespeare, and Pope to Merrill, Merwin, and Muldoon–celebrating pooches of every pedigree and persuasion. Here is Margaret Cavendish’s barking chorus of beagles on the hunt; Elizabeth Bishop’s “Pink Dog” alongside Robyn Selman’s “My Dog is Named for Elizabeth Bishop”; Charles Baxter’s villanelle “Dog Kibble,” whose dog-narrator decides that “Life isn’t meaningless because there’s food”; and the desultory charms of Jane Kenyon’s unleashed dog, nuzzling about on a drizzly afternoon.

From lazy dogs curled up by the fireplace to audacious hounds howling at the moon, from mutts to purebreds, puppies to old dogs, Doggerel is an irresistible gathering of fast and faithful friends.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400040377
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/11/2003
  • Series: Everyman's Library Pocket Poets
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 637,464
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Carmela Ciuraru
Carmela Ciuraru is the editor of the anthology First Loves: Poets Introduce the Essential Poems That Captivated and Inspired Them, and the former editor of the Journal of the Poetry Society of America. A graduate of Columbia University's School of Journalism, she lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 13
An Introduction to Dogs 19
The Power of the Dog 21
The DOG 23
Understanding 24
The Best Friend 25
Argus 26
Tray, the Exemplar 27
Verse for a Certain Dog 28
Your Face on the Dog's Neck 29
Dog-God 33
Man and Dog 35
Growing Dark 36
Custodian 38
My Comforter 40
Fidelity of the Dog 41
To Flush, My Dog 44
His Apologies 51
How It Began 54
From The Chase 55
Drink, Puppy, Drink 58
The Hound of Ulster 60
Dog Days 61
Dogs and Weather 65
The Dog Parade 66
Advice to a Dog Painter 67
The Irish Greyhound 68
Hamish: A Scots Terrier 70
My Brindle Bull-Terrier 72
The Dog and the Water-Lily 74
To a Black Greyhound 76
Sheepdog Trials in Hyde Park 78
The Dachshund 81
The Dog of St. Bernard's 82
To a Pomeranian Puppy Valued at 2500 Dollars 85
My Father's Irish Setters 87
The Properties of a Good Greyhound 90
Barry, the St. Bernard 91
The Hairy Dog 92
O Pug! 93
Compendium Dachshundium 95
Panegyric for Gee 97
In Praise of the Basset Hound 99
Beagles 101
After an Illness, Walking the Dog 105
The Woodman's Dog 107
Dogs in the Park 108
My Dog is Named for Elizabeth Bishop 109
Saturday, 8:58 a.m 110
Walking the Dog 111
A Dog Sleeping On My Feet 115
Dan 117
The Paw 118
Dog Dreaming 121
As She Goes 122
Barking Does in the Snow 125
O Happy Dogs of England 126
The Rape of Chanticleer 127
Theseus and Hippolyta (from A Midsummer Night's Dream) 128
Dog at Night 130
The Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles, and the Intervention of the Great Rumpuscat 131
A Friendly Welcome 134
On a Spaniel Called Beau 137
Bull-Baiting 138
Shepheard's Dogge 139
The Fawning Whelp 141
Small Poem About the Hounds and the Hares 142
Incident 143
The Hunting of the Hare 145
Apres la Politique, la Haine des Bourbons 149
Launce's Dog, Crab: from The Two Gentlemen of Verona 150
Full of the Moon 152
Dog 153
Pink Dog 156
Dog Prospectus 158
Hope 161
Eating Poetry 162
Two Dogs 163
The Unruly Thoughts of the Dog Trainer's Lover 164
Dog 166
The Toy Bone 170
Scroppo's Dog 172
Lone Dog 175
What the Dog Perhaps Hears 176
Dog 178
Power Source 179
The Song of the Mischievous Dog 180
Confession of a Glutton 183
A Popular Personage at Home 185
On the Collar of Tiger 187
Engraved on the Collar of a Dog, Which I Gave to His Royal Highness 188
Mommy 189
Contentment 191
Yoko 193
The Bloodhound Speaks 196
A Dog's Eye View 197
The Promotion 198
Homer's Seeing-Eye Dog 200
Dog Kibble: A Villanelle 202
The House Dog's Grave 203
Oriane 205
The Sadness of Puppies 206
Birch 207
Epitaph to a Dog 211
Kaiser Dead 213
Geist's Grave 215
Upon His Spaniel, Tracie 219
Epitaph on Fop 220
Dead Dog 221
Talking to Dogs 222
Exemplary Nick 225
Ruby 226
On the Death of a Favourite Old Spaniel 228
The Pardon 229
Ali 231
Lament for Toby, a French Poodle 234
My Boyhood Dog 236
To the Dog Belvoir 237
Acknowledgments 239
Index of Authors 249
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