The Funny Side

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The Funny Side

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In her introduction to The Funny Side: 101 Humorous Poems , editor Wendy Cope laments the invention of the term light verse, arguing instead that the best funny poems deliver spice and substance both. In this diverse assemblage of witty yet weighty poems, she more than proves her point. As painlessly as a dentist pulls a tooth while turning up the gas, normally cheerless In her introduction to The Funny Side: 101 Humorous Poems , editor Wendy Cope laments the invention of the term light verse, arguing instead that the best funny poems deliver spice and substance both. In this diverse assemblage of witty yet weighty poems, she more than proves her point. As painlessly as a dentist pulls a tooth while turning up the gas, normally cheerless subjects--alcoholism, suicide, mortality, love gone wrong--leave us chortling with delight. In Connie Bensleys Mr and Mrs R and the Christmas List, for instance, the tiresome chore of sending Christmas cards is the perfect vehicle for expressing anger over an affair gone sour: Ah, that heart-stopping moment by the kitchen sink, when he took off his spectacles and fiercely kissed me. But all that lasted less than a week And what I recall more vividly is Mr Rs good advice: Always plunge your lemons in hot water before you squeeze them. One more year perhaps. Along with the relatively solemn, Copes includes the best of the purely whimsical. In the especially keen-witted Three Riddled Riddles by Martyn Wiley and Ian McMillan, the tiresomely ubiquitous riddle poem is transformed into something infinitely more interesting: I taste like a grapefruit. I swim like a chair. I hang on the trees and people tap my face, rake my soil and tell me jokes. Who am I? Answer: Ive really no idea. Parodies like John Witworths (They f-ck you up, do publishers...), jocular jabs (a news item proclaiming the remains of Rameses II were metat Orly airport leaves Edwin Morgan no choice but to pen an imaginary conversation between Mme and mummy), and the inclusion of humorist immortals Dorothy Parker and Ogden Nash all add up to a devilishly clever collection. As Simon Rae instructs in Ode on a Goal: Savor simply the sublime control Like angels performing rock n roll On the dance-floor of a pinhead. Extol That goal! -- Martha Silano

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In her introduction to The Funny Side: 101 Humorous Poems , editor Wendy Cope laments the invention of the term light verse, arguing instead that the best funny poems deliver spice and substance both. In this diverse assemblage of witty yet weighty poems, she more than proves her point. As painlessly as a dentist pulls a tooth while turning up the gas, normally cheerless In her introduction to The Funny Side: 101 Humorous Poems , editor Wendy Cope laments the invention of the term light verse, arguing instead that the best funny poems deliver spice and substance both. In this diverse assemblage of witty yet weighty poems, she more than proves her point. As painlessly as a dentist pulls a tooth while turning up the gas, normally cheerless subjects--alcoholism, suicide, mortality, love gone wrong--leave us chortling with delight. In Connie Bensleys Mr and Mrs R and the Christmas List, for instance, the tiresome chore of sending Christmas cards is the perfect vehicle for expressing anger over an affair gone sour: Ah, that heart-stopping moment by the kitchen sink, when he took off his spectacles and fiercely kissed me. But all that lasted less than a week And what I recall more vividly is Mr Rs good advice: Always plunge your lemons in hot water before you squeeze them. One more year perhaps. Along with the relatively solemn, Copes includes the best of the purely whimsical. In the especially keen-witted Three Riddled Riddles by Martyn Wiley and Ian McMillan, the tiresomely ubiquitous riddle poem is transformed into something infinitely more interesting: I taste like a grapefruit. I swim like a chair. I hang on the trees and people tap my face, rake my soil and tell me jokes. Who am I? Answer: Ive really no idea. Parodies like John Witworths (They f-ck you up, do publishers...), jocular jabs (a news item proclaiming the remains of Rameses II were metat Orly airport leaves Edwin Morgan no choice but to pen an imaginary conversation between Mme and mummy), and the inclusion of humorist immortals Dorothy Parker and Ogden Nash all add up to a devilishly clever collection. As Simon Rae instructs in Ode on a Goal: Savor simply the sublime control Like angels performing rock n roll On the dance-floor of a pinhead. Extol That goal! -- Martha Silano
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Title The Funny Side Height 12.9
Width 1.4
ISBN-13 9780571196517 Binding Paperback
ISBN-10 #0571196519 Spine Width
Publisher Faber And Faber (penguin India) Pages 176
Edition 2010 Availability Out Of Stock

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