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Subject - Parodies

Some poets have had quite a hey-dey perverting the works by fellow poets.

Poetry is an art practised with the terribly plastic material of human language. - Carl Sandburg


  1. The Auld Wife by Charles S. Calverley

    Parodies poems written in the manner of folk ballads

  2. You Are Old, Father William by Lewis Carroll

    parodies Robert Southey's The Old Man's Comforts and How He Gained Them

  3. How doth the little crododile... by Lewis Carroll

    parodies Issac Watt's How doth the busy little bee...

  4. Ballad of the Canal by Phoebe Cary

    parodies J. T. Field's Ballad of the Tempest

  5. Jacob by Phoebe Cary

    parodies Wordsworth's She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways

  6. When Lovely Woman by Phoebe Cary

    parodies Oliver Goldsmith's When Lovely Woman Stoops to Folly

  7. Mrs. Judge Jenkins by Bret Harte

    Whittier: Maud Muller

  8. Octopus by Arthur Clement Hilton

    a parody of A. C. Swinburne

  9. The Child is Father to the Man by Gerard Manley Hopkins

    parodies Wordsworth's My Heart Leaps Up

  10. The Hair-Tonic Bottle by Ben King

    parodies Woodworth's The Old Oaken Bucket

  11. If I Should Die Tonight by Ben King

    parodies Arabella Smith's work by the same title

  12. Brahma by Andrew Lang

    parodies Emerson's Brahma

  13. Elegy Written in a Country Coal-Bin by Christopher Morley

    parodies Thomas Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

  14. The Rejected 'National Hymns' by R. H. Newell

    ten parodies for the price of one

  15. Song in the Manner of Housman by Ezra Pound

    parodies A.E. Housman generally

  16. Ballade of the Incompetent Ballade-Monger by J. K. Stephen

    parodies Dobson and the Decadent poets generally

  17. Sonnet by J.K. Stephen

    parodies Wordsworth's Thoughts of a Briton on the Subjugation of Switzerland

  18. The Higher Pantheism in a Nutshell by Algernon Charles Swinburne

    parodies Tennyson's The Higher Pantheism

  19. Nephelidia by Algernon Charles Swinburne

    Swinburne parodies-- Swinburne!

  20. The Promissory Note by Bayard Taylor

    parodies a number of Poe poems, especially "Ulalume"

  21. Upon Julia's Arctics by Bert Leston Taylor

    parodies Robert Herrick's Upon Julia's Clothes

  22. Aprilly by Bert Leston Taylor

    parodies the opening lines of Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales"

  23. Diversions of the Re-Echo Club by Carolyn Wells

    this could be called "18 Ways of Looking at a Purple Cow"

The subject indexes are a wonderful way to browse Poets' Corner, leading you to works you might not find any other way. I hope also that they can help the site to seem less overwhelming than it might at first. If you have suggestions or comments about the Subject Indicies please contact Jon Lachelt.

The quotes from Carl Sandburg on the heading of some of the subject pages are from his book of poems, Good Morning America.

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