The World's Best Poetry, Volume 9: Tragedy and Humor (Part 2)

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The ninth of ten volumes of poetry edited by Canadian poet laureate Bliss Carman (1861-1929). This collection, the second of two parts, includes a broad and diverse selection of light and comic verse on miscellaneous topics, including religion, the laboring classes, romance, government, food, the human body, animals, the natural world, and everyday hobbies. Also included are parodies and imitations, ingenuities and oddities, and nonsense verse, all using inventive techniques such as puns, wordplay, alliteration, doggerel, adventurous rhyming, and dialect. - Summary by Tomas Peter (5 hr 35 min)


Saint Anthony's Sermon to the Fishes by Anonymous 2:22 Read by Craig Franklin
King John and the Abbot of Canterbury: From 'Percy's Reliques' by Anonymous 6:42 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Gluggity Glug: From 'The Myrtle and the Vine' by George Colman the Younger 1:58 Read by Leanne Yau
I Am a Friar of Orders Gray: From the Opera of 'Robin Hood' by John O'Keeffe 1:33 Read by Jason in Panama
Good Ale by John Still 2:35 Read by Leanne Yau
The Pilgrims and the Peas by Dr. John Wolcot (Peter Pindar) 3:36 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Vicar of Bray by Anonymous 4:52 Read by Tomas Peter
Hudibras' Sword and Dagger: From 'Hudibras,' Part I by Dr. Samuel Butler 2:09 Read by Sonia
The Fine Old English Gentleman by Anonymous 2:48 Read by Foon
Toby Tosspot by George Colman the Younger 4:02 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Milkmaid by Jeffreys Taylor 2:47 Read by Leanne Yau
Morning Meditations by Thomas Hood 2:23 Read by Craig Franklin
Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog by Oliver Goldsmith 1:34 Read by Leanne Yau
Old Grimes by Albert G. Greene 2:34 Read by Tomas Peter
Elegy on Madam Blaize by Oliver Goldsmith 1:46 Read by Foon
The Grave-Yard: From 'A Fable for Critics' by James Russell Lowell 2:05 Read by Tomas Peter
Faithless Nelly Gray (A Pathetic Ballad) by Thomas Hood 3:30 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Faithless Sally Brown by Thomas Hood 3:31 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Orator Puff by Thomas Moore 2:11 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Gouty Merchant and the Stranger by Horace Smith 2:40 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Diverting History of John Gilpin by William Cowper 11:13 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Epigrams by Samuel Taylor Coleridge 2:22 Read by Foon
The Razor-Seller by Dr. John Wolcot (Peter Pindar) 3:51 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Paper (A Conversational Pleasantry) by Benjamin Franklin 3:48 Read by Craig Franklin
Epitaph: For the Tombstone Erected over the Marquis of Anglesea's Leg, Lost at … 2:07 Read by Tomas Peter
Rudolph the Headsman: From 'This Is It' by Oliver Wendell Holmes 1:28 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Song of One Eleven Years in Prison by George Canning 3:12 Read by Tomas Peter
Little Billee by William Makepeace Thackeray 2:14 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Captain Reece by William Schwenck Gilbert 4:48 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Yarn of the 'Nancy Bell': From 'The Bab Ballads' by William Schwenck Gilbert 4:59 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Art of Book-Keeping by Thomas Hood 4:06 Read by Tomas Peter
Address to the Toothache by Robert Burns 1:56 Read by Leanne Yau
To the Terrestrial Globe (By a Miserable Wretch) by William Schwenck Gilbert 1:19 Read by Jason in Panama
The Nose and the Eyes by William Cowper 2:18 Read by Leanne Yau
The Vowels: An Enigma by Jonathan Swift 0:47 Read by Leanne Yau
Alnwick Castle by Fitz-Greene Halleck 4:39 Read by Leanne Yau
The Latest Decalogue by Arthur Hugh Clough 1:32 Read by Sonia
The New Church Organ by Will Carleton 4:21 Read by Sonia
Tonis ad Resto Mare by Jonathan Swift 1:30 Read by Leanne Yau
The Irishman and the Lady by William Maginn 2:36 Read by Tomas Peter
The Recruit by Robert William Chambers 3:16 Read by Tomas Peter
Ritter Hugo by Charles Godfrey Leland 2:22 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Hans Breitmann's Party by Charles Godfrey Leland 2:50 Read by Tomas Peter
Leedle Yawcob Strauss by Charles Follen Adams 2:13 Read by Leanne Yau
Dot Long-Handled Dipper by Charles Follen Adams 3:02 Read by Sonia
The Jackdaw of Rheims by Richard Harris Barham (Thomas Ingoldsby, Esq.) 7:53 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
America: From 'A Fable for Critics' by James Russell Lowell 2:21 Read by Leanne Yau
What Mr. Robinson Thinks: From 'The Biglow Papers,' No. III by James Russell Lo… 3:40 Read by Craig Franklin
Swell's Soliloquy by Anonymous 1:44 Read by Tomas Peter
The Compliment by Eugene Field 1:19 Read by Leanne Yau
The Nantucket Skipper by James Thomas Fields 2:29 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The One-Hoss Shay; or, The Deacon's Masterpiece (A Logical Story) by Oliver Wen… 7:04 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Griggsby's Station by James Whitcomb Riley 2:56 Read by Craig Franklin
He'd Had No Show by Sam Walter Foss 1:59 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Mystified Quaker in New York by Anonymous 4:47 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
To the 'Sextant' by Arabella M. Willson 4:09 Read by Foon
Jim Bludso of the Prairie Belle: Pike County Ballads by John Hay 2:50 Read by Sonia
To the Pliocene Skull (A Geological Address) by Bret Harte 4:35 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Little Breeches: A Pike County View of Special Providence by John Hay 2:56 Read by Jason in Panama
Jim by Bret Harte 2:05 Read by Jason in Panama
Banty Tim by John Hay 2:57 Read by Foon
Dow's Flat by Bret Harte 4:00 Read by Craig Franklin
The Society upon the Stanislaus by Bret Harte 3:03 Read by Jason in Panama
Plain Language from Truthful James (Popularly Known as 'The Heathen Chinee') by… 2:35 Read by Leanne Yau
A Plantation Ditty by Frank Lebby Stanton 1:12 Read by Leanne Yau
De Fust Banjo by Irwin Russell 4:00 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Perils of Thinking by Anonymous 0:45 Read by Jason in Panama
Nebuchadnezzar by Irwin Russell 2:04 Read by Foon
A Life's Love by Anonymous 1:36 Read by Craig Franklin
Darwin by Mortimer Collins 0:36 Read by Craig Franklin
Ode for a Social Meeting (With Slight Alterations by a Teetotaller) by Oliver W… 2:26 Read by Sonia
Hollow Hospitality: From 'Satires,' Book III, Satire 3 by Dr. Joseph Hall 2:31 Read by Sonia
A Recipe: Roasted Sucking-Pig (from 'Punch's Poetical Cookery Book') by Anonymo… 2:17 Read by Foon
A Recipe for Salad by Sydney Smith 1:44 Read by Leanne Yau
Ode to Tobacco by Charles S. Calverley 1:56 Read by Tomas Peter
A Farewell to Tobacco by Charles Lamb 7:23 Read by Foon
Too Great a Sacrifice by Anonymous 0:58 Read by Leanne Yau
From 'Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum' by Wallace Irwin 2:02 Read by Tomas Peter
A Saddened Tramp by Anonymous 0:52 Read by Jason in Panama
The Modern House That Jack Built by Anonymous 4:14 Read by Foon
The Friend of Humanity and the Knife-Grinder by George Canning 2:42 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Deborah Lee by William H. Burleigh 2:47 Read by Leanne Yau
The Cock and the Bull by Charles Stuart Calverley 7:34 Read by Sonia
The Auld Wife by Charles Stuart Calverley 2:37 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Lovers, and a Reflection by Charles Stuart Calverley 4:03 Read by Sonia
Nephelidia by Algernon Charles Swinburne 3:30 Read by Sonia
The Arab by Charles Stuart Calverley 2:17 Read by Sonia
The Modern Hiawatha by Anonymous 0:58 Read by Foon
Poems Received in Response to an Advertised Call for a National Anthem by Rober… 8:19 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Belagcholly Days by Anonymous 1:50 Read by Leanne Yau
Sneezing by Leigh Hunt 1:09 Read by Sonia
To My Nose by Alfred A. Forrester (Alfred Crowquill) 0:51 Read by Sonia
Lapsus Calami by James Kenneth Stephen 1:10 Read by Sonia
A Conservative by Charlotte Perkins Gilman 2:22 Read by Leanne Yau
'Forever' by Charles Stuart Calverley 2:04 Read by Sonia
Siege of Belgrade by Anonymous 2:06 Read by Tomas Peter
My Love by Anonymous 1:39 Read by Leanne Yau
Ode to the Human Heart by Laman Blanchard 1:39 Read by Craig Franklin
Metrical Feet by Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1:03 Read by Tomas Peter
Nocturnal Sketch (Blank Verse in Rhyme) by Thomas Hood 2:42 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Railroad Rhyme by John Godfrey Saxe 2:34 Read by Craig Franklin
Physics (The Unconscious Poetizing of a Philosopher) by William Whewell 0:47 Read by Foon
The Collegian to His Bride: Being a Mathematical Madrigal in the Simplest Form … 1:11 Read by Craig Franklin
The Lawyer's Invocation to Spring by Henry Howard Brownell 1:07 Read by Leanne Yau
The Cosmic Egg by Anonymous 1:17 Read by Foon
The Hen by Matthias Claudius 1:45 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Ode—To the Roc by William John Courthope 3:48 Read by Sonia
Motherhood by Charles Stuart Calverley 3:05 Read by Leanne Yau
Disaster by Charles Stuart Calverley 2:38 Read by Foon
Lines Written in an Album by Willis Gaylord 1:01 Read by Tomas Peter
On the Brink by Charles Stuart Calverley 2:50 Read by Leanne Yau
The V-A-S-E by James Jeffrey Roche 2:23 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Larks and Nightingales by Nathan Haskell Dole 1:30 Read by Leanne Yau
Of Blue China by Andrew Lang 1:37 Read by Leanne Yau
A Riddle: The Letter 'H' by Catherine Fanshawe 2:07 Read by Craig Franklin
A Threnody by George Thomas Lanigan 2:44 Read by Sonia
Lines to Miss Florence Huntington by Anonymous 2:35 Read by Sonia
Nonsense by Thomas Moore 1:02 Read by Craig Franklin
The Purple Cow by Gelett Burgess 0:36 Read by Tomas Peter
Psycholophon by Gelett Burgess 0:58 Read by Tomas Peter
The Baker's Tale: From 'The Hunting of the Snark' by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (… 3:55 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Jabberwocky by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) 1:46 Read by Leanne Yau
For a Novel of Hall Caine's (After Kipling) by Robert Bridges (Droch) 0:48 Read by Sonia