Martin Gardner's Favorite Poetic Parodies

Martin Gardner's Favorite Poetic Parodies

by Martin Gardner

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Martin Gardner's Favorite Poetic Parodies by Martin Gardner

"entertaining...good, clean fun..." -The Columbus Dispatch

"...very amusing..." -Toronto Globe & Mail

Some famous poems ache to be parodied. In school they were forced down our throats, and though we can still remember a verse or two, their greatness may have escaped us. Take, for instance, Longfellow's famous " -The Village Blacksmith":

Under a spreading chestnut-tree The village smithy stands; The smith, a mighty man is he With large and sinewy hands . . . .

Most of us have heard it, and may be able to recite a few verses. But many may prefer "The Minnesota Wrestler" by Armand T. Ringer:

Under the spreading repartee The St. Paul wrestler stands. The Body, a mighty man is he, With large and sinewy hands. . . .

Ventura's hair, once black and long, Departed long ago; His brow was wet with honest sweat When he worked as a wrestling pro.

Even original wits can set themselves up for later parody. When Dorothy Parker wrote, "Men seldom make passes/At girls who wears glasses," could she have foreseen this later take-off by Bob McKenty? "Men often get amorous/With gals who are mammarous."

Whether you love poetry or just don't get it, you will love these often hilarious poetic parodies. Martin Gardner has assembled his favorites, many by famous authors in their own right (Robert Sherwood, G.K. Chesterton, A.E. Housman, Bret Harte). Gardner does us the favor of putting the original poems first, followed by their parodies, thus providing a sampling of some of the best-known poems in English while demonstrating how easily the profound can be made to look ridiculous.

Martin Gardner, the creator of Scientific American's "Mathematical Games" column, which he wrote for more than twenty-five years, is the author of almost one hundred books, including The Annotated Ancient Mariner, Martin Gardner's Favorite Poetic Parodies, From the Wandering Jew to William F. Buckley Jr., and Science: Good, Bad and Bogus. For many years he was also a contributing editor to the Skeptical Inquirer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615929528
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 10/01/2001
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

Table of Contents

2.Rock Me to Sleep19
3.The Night Has a Thousand Eyes23
4.The Golf Links25
5.The Ancient Mariner27
6.To a Fat Lady Seen From the Train33
7.Ben Bolt35
8.The House By the Side of the Road39
9.The Road Not Taken43
10.Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening45
11.Fire and Ice47
12.It Couldn't Be Done49
13.I Remember, I Remember51
14.Abou Ben Adhem55
15.Jenny Kiss'd Me57
16.Ode to a Nightingale59
20.Gunga Din77
23.The Village Blacksmith93
24.The Day is Done99
25.A Psalm of Life103
26.The Arrow and the Song109
27.My Candle111
28.News Item113
29.The Bells115
30.Annabel Lee127
32.The Raven141
33.The Lost Chord155
35.The Shooting of Dan McGrew163
37.The Battle of Blenheim171
38.Happy Thought175
39.The Star179
40.Crossing the Bar181
41.Beautiful Snow185
42.Maud Muller189
43.The Burial of Sir John Moore207
44.The Old Oaken Bucket211
45.Mary's Little Lamb229
47.A Visit From St. Nicholas235
48.The Purple Cow239
AppendixIf Famous Poets Had Different Occupations241

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