December 7, 2012

Poetry Friday--A Book of Fireside Poems

One of the older books on my shelf is A Book of Fireside Poems, compiled and edited by William R. Bowlin, Albert Whitman & Co., 1937. I love flipping through its pages because the variety of poems is wide. Mr. Bowlin sneaks in a lot of commentary and a little bit of naughtiness and humor, too! Here are a few examples of the latter:
How Very Modern
by Thomas Moore (1779-1853)

"Come, come," said Tom's father, "at your time of life,
   There's no longer excuse for thus playing the rake--
It is time you should think, boy, of taking a wife."
   "Why, so it is father--whose wife shall I take?"

A Dollar Down
by Anonymous

I bought a dress
On the instalment plan;
The reason, of course,
To please a man.
The dress is worn,
The man is gone;
But the blamed instalments
Go on and on.

A Large Edition
by Anonymous

"May I print a kiss on your lips?" I asked;
   She nodded her sweet permission;
So we went to press, and I rather guess
   We printed a large edition.
As much as I enjoy A Book of Fireside Poems, it is a product of its time--racism and sexism run throughout--some of it is downright cringe-worthy.

Today's Poetry Friday Round-Up is being hosted by the multi-talented Robyn Hood Black.


  1. There are some real gems that lie forgotten in old anthologies, and others, as you say, that are better off that way!

  2. (Love Marjorie's comment!) Thanks for finding these ones fit to print - delightful! - and sharing them with us today.

  3. Those are great! Thanks for sharing:>)