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    Humor in poetry

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Mulgan, Nov 8, 2009.

    What is it about the coupling of these two things that seems to detract from both of them in most cases?
    Does anyone know of any poets who manage to get it right?
     
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    Ogden Nash comes immediately to mind.
     
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    John Donne, William Shakespeare, Dante...
     
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    Thank you both, I am now enjoying a few from these reccomendations.
    Even amongst those I've read so far, it seems achieving a spontanious feeling of halarity is difficult. Perhaps it is a clash between the intricacy of comic timing being fit into verse...
    I really don't know my stuff :)
     
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    Dr Seuss, Shel Silverstein....

    Two of my favorite gurus of silliness.

    I don't dig whispy whispy slit your wristy poetry.
     
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    The Cremation of Sam Mcgee by Robert W. Service. You can read it online if you google. He wrote a lot of great poems, but that's the one I remember best. It's been a long time since I read his stuff, but he was a childhood favourite of mine.
     
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    and don't forget kipling!

    i write a lot of 'humorous' poetry myself [i find that humor can take the sting out of deadly serious issues/awful truths], so feel free to browse the 'philosetry' section of my site, for examples[though i'm not renowned, as are those named above]...
     

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