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The Stuffed Owl

An Anthology of Bad Verse

Edited by D.B. Wyndham LewisAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by D.B. Wyndham Lewis and Charles LeeAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Charles Lee
Introduction by Billy CollinsAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Billy Collins

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The editors of this legendary and hilarious anthology write: "It would seem at a hasty glance that to make an anthology of Bad Verse is on the whole a simple matter . . . On the contrary . . . Bad Verse has its canons, like Good Verse. There is bad Bad Verse and good Bad Verse. It has been the constant preoccupation of the compilers to include in this book chiefiy good Bad Verse." Here indeed one finds the best of the worst of the greatest poets of the English language, masterpieces of the maladroit by Dryden, Wordsworth, and Keats, among many others, together with an index ("Maiden, feathered, uncontrolled appetites of, 59;. . . Manure, adjudged a fit subject for the Muse, 91") that is itself an inspired work of folly.

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