Writing very bad poetry requires talent. It helps to have a wooden ear for words, a penchant for sinking into a mire of sentimentality, and an enviable confidence that allows one to write despite absolutely appalling incompetence.
The 131 poems collected in this first-of-its-kind anthology are so glaringly awful that they embody a kind of genius. From Fred Emerson Brooks' "The Stuttering Lover" to Matthew Green's "The Spleen" to Georgia Bailey Parrington's misguided "An Elegy to a Dissected Puppy", they mangle meter, run rampant over rhyme, and bludgeon us into insensibility with their grandiosity, anticlimax, and malapropism.
Guaranteed to move even the most stoic reader to tears (of laughter), Very Bad Poetry is sure to become a favorite of the poetically inclined (and disinclined).
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||4.42(w) x 7.48(h) x 0.37(d)|
About the Author
Kathryn and Ross Petras are a brother and sister team who wrote The 776 Stupidest Things Ever Said. They live in New York City.
Read an Excerpt
From "The Stuttering Lover" by Emerson Brooks (1894):
I lu-love you very well,
Much mu-more than I can tell,
With a lu-lu-lu-lu-love I cannot utter;
I kn-know just what to say
But my tongue gets in the way,
And af-fe-fe-fe-fe-fection's bound to stutter!
"The Potato" by Eliza Cook (1818-1839):
The useful and the beautiful
Are not far apart we know.
And thus the beautiful are glad to have,
The homely looking Potato.
On the land, or on the sea,
Wherever we may go,
We are always glad to welcome
The homely Potato.
A practical and moral lesson
This may plainly show,
That though homely, our heart can be
Like that of the homely Potato.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Years ago, I bought 'Very Bad Poetry', scanned it briefly, and laughed till the tears came. Then, a stroke of genius: I brought it forth at our family Christmas get-together, and had each of my siblings, in turn, read one awful poem, and pass it on to the next. To this day, my family has never, ever forgotten the Bad Poetry Christmas. You'll laugh - you'll cry - you'll retch - you'll shake your head in stunned disbelief.
It certainly delivers what it promises.
Our chapter of Sigma Tau Delta (the English honors society) used to have an annual Poor Poetry Reading holiday party. I took this each time, and each time found something acceptably cliche, drearily rhymed, or otherwise just plain bad. Probably a book like this appeals to the more pedantic poetry snobs among us, but it is a fairly simple pleasure, and one best enjoyed in small doses at great intervals. Also I'd imagine this might provide a nice, encouraging diversion for frustrated poets who need a good chuckle.
I had to put it down halfway through the book. Not at all what i was expecting. All of the poets are from the 1600s to the 1920 making the language very hard to understand. Not worth the money. Not funny whatsoever.