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 ModernAs 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.
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
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
"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.
Today's Poetry Friday Round-Up is being hosted by the multi-talented Robyn Hood Black.
There are some real gems that lie forgotten in old anthologies, and others, as you say, that are better off that way!ReplyDelete
Fun poems today! Thanks!ReplyDelete
(Love Marjorie's comment!) Thanks for finding these ones fit to print - delightful! - and sharing them with us today.ReplyDelete
HA! Fun finds!!ReplyDelete
Those are great! Thanks for sharing:>)ReplyDelete