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Two Limericks and a Clerihew:

As the poets have mournfully sung
W.H. Auden


As the poets have mournfully sung,
Death takes the innocent young,
The rolling in money,
The screamingly funny,
And those who are very well hung.


A young schizophrenic named Struther
Anonymous


A young schizophrenic named Struther,
When told of the death of his brother,
Said: 'Yes, it's too bad,
But I can't feel too sad —
After all, I still have each other.


D.G. Rossetti
Dorothy Parker


Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Buried all of his libretti,
Thought the matter over—then
Went and dug them up again.


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    Excerpted from Comic Poems edited by Peter Washington. Copyright © 2001. Excerpted by permission of Everyman's Library, a division of Random House. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.