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Doggerel: Poems About Dogs

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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 Mul
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 11th 2003 by Everyman's Library
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Carrie
Jun 29, 2016 Carrie rated it it was amazing
In memory of Duke-
THE POWER OF THE DOG

By Rudyard Kipling.
There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
But when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and sisters I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie--
Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to te
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Lisa Frame
Feb 18, 2016 Lisa Frame rated it it was amazing
just found this @library, just love it, love dogs, love poems, so perfection! posted to my sis's fb pg& gonna buy a copy for each of us;
not reading cover to cover, but a poem at a time, yesterday's was "Walking the Dog" by Howard Nemerov, my boyfriend's favorite dog poem, & Nemerov, one of his fave poets. My poem for today is "Dog Dreaming" by W.S. Merwin, & I posted that one to my sister Michele's page, just know she will love, we are huge dog lovers...
Abby
Sep 20, 2014 Abby rated it really liked it
A charming little book, and a great collection of dog poems, including many of my modern favorites (Elizabeth Bishop, Maxine Kumin, Liesl Mueller, Mark Strand, and W.S. Merwin; Merwin writes the best dog poems) and many heralded greats (Byron, Wordsworth, Barrett Browning, Cowper). It's a tiny, charmingly bound book (from the Everyman's Library Pocket Poets series) and would make a great gift for a literate dog lover.
E
Dec 15, 2008 E rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Fun, esp. if you know dogs and like poetry. How often do you find Stevie Smith and William Cowper in the same volume? The whole book is worth discovering one poem - Jill Ciment's incredible "Mommy" - a hilarious dog-riff on Plath's "Daddy." Would be a fun gift for a dog-loving English major...
Gracee
Feb 22, 2009 Gracee rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
This is an on going read - I don't think I've ever picked up a poetry book and read it cover to cover. My youngest son gave this to me for Christmas one year, and I just found it again. I read a few poems, then savor them for a few days, then read again, and savor...
Cyndie
Oct 07, 2015 Cyndie rated it it was ok
Some enjoyable poems in here, many though were not my particular style and many focused on an age when dogs were used much more for hunting or might be killed by their owners which while true to the times I found a bit distressing as a reader.
Heather
Jun 01, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: dogs
I loved this little collection. As a noted Crazy Dog Lady, I'm a lover of all things dog related. This book contained several new-to-my-eyes poems and a few old favorites as well. I will gladly admit to crying, too. So...THERE.
William L Baker
Sep 26, 2015 William L Baker rated it it was amazing
Great book for dog lovers, especially those who also like poetry. Many of the poems reminded me of my own dogs.
Kelly
Jan 07, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it
Delightful, thoughtful book. A treasure. Gave my daughter a copy for Christmas.
Jim
Feb 12, 2012 Jim rated it it was ok
Shelves: dogs, poetry
every dog poem ever written in english, which is to say, too many for me
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Carmela Ciuraru is not a pseudonym. Her anthologies include First Loves: Poets Introduce the Essential Poems That Captivated and Inspired Them (Scribner) and Solitude Poems (Alfred A. Knopf/Everyman’s Library). A graduate of Columbia University’s Journalism School, she is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and PEN American Center. She has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles T ...more
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