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Category: Funny Burlesque Poems
       Classic humorous and funny poems using comic imitation and exaggeration in an absurd way.

  SELECT PASSAGES FROM A COMING PORT  

                    DISENCHANTMENT

My Love has sicklied unto Loath,
    And foul seems all that fair I fancied--
The lily's sheen's a leprous growth,
    The very buttercups are rancid.

                        ABASEMENT

With matted head a-dabble in the dust,
    And eyes tear-sealed in a saline crust
I lie all loathly in my rags and rust--
Yet learn that strange delight may lurk in self-disgust.

STANZA WRITTEN IN DEPRESSION NEAR DULWICH

The lark soars up in the air;
    The toad sits tight in his hole;
And I would I were certain which of the pair
    Were the truer type of my soul!

                     TO MY LADY

Twine, lanken fingers, lily-lithe,
    Gleam, slanted eyes, all beryl-green,
Pout, blood-red lips that burst a-writhe,
    Then--kiss me, Lady Grisoline!

                     THE MONSTER

Uprears the monster now his slobberous head,
    Its filamentous chaps her ankles brushing;
Her twice-five roseal toes are cramped in dread,
    Each maidly instep mauven-pink is flushing.

                 A TRUMPET BLAST

Pale Patricians, sunk in self-indulgence,
    Blink your bleared eyes. Behold the Sun--
Burst proclaim in purpurate effulgence,
    Demos dawning, and the Darkness done!

                                                     F. Anstey.


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