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Doggerel: Poems About Dogs (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets) (2003)

by Carmela Ciuraru

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A delightful and amusing collection of poems by distinguished English and American poets about dogs will charm readers. Similar to today’s popular music, these poems use repetition, rhythm, and rhymes to reach the many senses. A strength of this collection is its small size, making it non-intimidating. Each poem has substantial white space on each page, appealing to reluctant readers. Young adults can easily find a poem by using the Table of Contents and Index of Authors. Most poems are short and a fast read, great for integration into thematic lessons or use during a break between assignments. ( )
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From Chaucer to Billy Collins and from basset hounds to brindle bull terriers, Doggerel presents a robust brood of the most charming verse tributes ever offered to our beloved canine companions.

The rich and assorted cadences of some of the most distinguished poets across the centuries ring out from these pages–from Spenser, Shakespeare, and Pope to Merrill, Merwin, and Muldoon–celebrating pooches of every pedigree and persuasion. Here is Margaret Cavendish’s barking chorus of beagles on the hunt; Elizabeth Bishop’s “Pink Dog” alongside Robyn Selman’s “My Dog is Named for Elizabeth Bishop”; Charles Baxter’s villanelle “Dog Kibble,” whose dog-narrator decides that “Life isn’t meaningless because there’s food”; and the desultory charms of Jane Kenyon’s unleashed dog, nuzzling about on a drizzly afternoon.

From lazy dogs curled up by the fireplace to audacious hounds howling at the moon, from mutts to purebreds, puppies to old dogs, Doggerel is an irresistible gathering of fast and faithful friends.

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A collection of poetic works paying tribute to the canine companion includes such pieces as Margaret Cavendish's barking chorus of hunting beagles and Jane Kenyon's verse on her grinning and nuzzling dog.

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