Classic Comic Verse

  • by Edward Lear
  • Narrated by Jon Moffatt, David Timson, Cathy Sara, Roger May
  • 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Comedy is totally subjective. What makes one person roar with laughter can fail to elicit even the faintest of smiles from another. But the classics of comic verse have stood the test of time.Here are the favorites from Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Jonathan Swift, Thomas Hood, Hillaire Belloc, W.S. Gilbert, William Shakespeare, Lord Byron, John Keats, C.S. Calverley- all the way through to the masterly pen of our age, John Betjeman. And that is not to forget perhaps the greatest of them all: Anon.They wrote in couplets, triplets, in quatrains and trochaic dimeters. There are ballads, sonnets, proverbs, and nonsense verse. Poems to inform, divert, satirize, castigate and praise. And then there is the delightfully abused form, the limerick. A collection to make all listeners smile, laugh, remember and discover.


Audible Editor Reviews

Nearly anyone typically stumped by poetry will enjoy this solid collection of classic comic verse. (And poetry aficionados will enjoy it twice as much!) The poems range from standard poetic structure - couplets, triplets, quatrains, ballads, and sonnets - to the whimsy of limericks, proverbs, and nonsense verse. Not only are the pieces delivered with high energy and flawless articulation, they're genuinely funny! Part of the thrill of this audio production is the moment the listener realizes he's laughing at a joke made over three hundred years ago. Now THAT'S classic humor.


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-19-2001
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks