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The Faber Book of Useful Verse

by Simon Brett (Editor)

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Groucho Marx once condemned as useless all poetry, except for the six-line verse which begins "Thirty days hath September".
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I have extended the field of Usefulness [beyond mnemonic and memorial verses] to include verse which is instructive or functional. Under the banner of "instructive" I have enlisted works whose application is physical or specific, rather than just moral.... The 18th century was the Golden Age of Useful Verse.
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