Doggerel: Poems about Dogs
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From Chaucer to Billy Collins and from Basset Hounds to Brindle Bull Terriers, "Doggerel" presents a collection 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: Spenser and Shakespeare, Pope and Merrill, Merwin and Muldoon celebrate pooches of every pedigree and persuasion. Here's 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 is food; and the desultory charms of Jane Kenyon's unleashed dog, nuzzling about on a drizzly afternoon.
The Everyman's Library Pocket Poets series - of which Doggerel is one - are clothbound volumes with an elegant jacket, full cloth sewn binding, silk ribbon marker and headbands, with gold stamping on front and spine and decorative endpapers. They make ideal gifts and are a joy to read and collect.