The New Oxford Book of Light Verse

The New Oxford Book of Light Verse

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Kingsley Amis's main objective in compiling The New Oxford Book of Light Verse was to raise a good-natured smile. This anthology of more than 250 poems by some 80 poets totally fulfills all his ambitions. Ranging from satire to nonsense verse, from deft vers de soci 'et 'e to epigrams and limericks, this witty and consistently entertaining survey of a great English literary tradition includes many familiar favourites as well some previously unpublished masterpieces. Taking us from Shakespeare and Jonson to Belloc and Larkin, by way of Herrick, Pope, Thackeray, and Lear, this is a journey `rich in exhilarating pleasures' ( Sunday Times ). This book is intended for general; all poetry-lovers; collectors of 'Oxford Books of'.show more

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 121.92 x 193.04 x 15.24mm | 22.68g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192820753
  • 9780192820754

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This book deserves either a 5000-word essay on the art of writing comic verse, or the simple assertion that it is a laugh a page - which it is. The classics are still the best (Chesterton's pastiches remain hysterically funny); but there is some excellent modern stuff, including a healthy batch of Amis himself. Has he purposely excluded women? Where is Wendy Cope? Maybe the editor didn't actually enjoy all that cocoa. (Kirkus UK)show more

About Kingsley Amis

About the Editor: Kingsley Amis is the author of 18 novels, including Lucky Jim and The Old Devils, which was awarded the 1986 Booker Prize, as well as numerous books of criticism and more

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