Humorous Poetry of the English Language: From Chaucer to Saxe (Classic Reprint)

Humorous Poetry of the English Language: From Chaucer to Saxe (Classic Reprint)

by J. Parton
     
 

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The design of the projector of this volume was, that it should contain the Best of the shorter humorous poems in the literatures of England and the United States, except:

Poems so local or cotemporary in subject or allusion, as not to be readily understood by the modern American

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Excerpt from Humorous Poetry of the English Language: From Chaucer to Saxe

The design of the projector of this volume was, that it should contain the Best of the shorter humorous poems in the literatures of England and the United States, except:

Poems so local or cotemporary in subject or allusion, as not to be readily understood by the modern American reader;

Poems which, from the freedom of expression allowed in the healthy ages, can not now be read aloud in a company of men and women;

Poems that have become perfectly familiar to every body, from their incessant reproduction in school-books and newspapers; and

Poems by living American authors, who have collected their humorous pieces from the periodicals in which most of them originally appeared, and given them to the world in their own names.

Holmes, Saxe, and Lowell are, therefore, only represented in this collection. To have done more than fairly represent them, hail been to infringe rights which are doubly sacred, because they are not protected by law. To have done less would have deprived the reader of a most convenient means of observing that, in a kind of composition confessed to be among the most difficult, our native wits are not excelled by foreign.

The editor expected to be embarrassed with a profusion of material for his purpose.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440077135
Publisher:
FB &c Ltd
Publication date:
07/08/2015
Pages:
700
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

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