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The Nation's Favourite Comic Poems: A Selection of Humorous Verse (BBC Radio Collection) Audio CD – Audiobook, 2 Nov 1998


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (2 Nov. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563558652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563558651
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 799,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No one knows exactly what makes a poem funny. It might be puns, or wordplay, or unexpected rhymes that elevate plain old verse to genuinely comic stature. Then again, plenty of downright hilarious poems don't employ any of these tricks. We all know how it feels, though, to be under the spell of a truly comic poem, and in The Nation's Favourite Comic Poems, we get the chance to feel it again and again.

Editor Griff Rhys Jones does an excellent job of bridging centuries, including classics side- by-side with lesser known gems. Here you'll find some of your all-time favourites by Lewis Carroll, Ogden Nash, Edward Lear and Shakespeare, as well as Louis MacNeice's little- known but ingeniously lyrical "Bagpipe Music".

Did you know Keats wrote at least one comic poem? Are you familiar with the "Ning Nang Nong", or the "Akond of Swat"? Do you know of "The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy- Bo", or how the fish answered when asked, "O scaly, slippery, wet, swift, staring wights, / What is't you do? What life lead? eh, dull goggles? / How do you vary your vile days and nights? / How pass your Sundays? Are ya still but joggles / In ceaseless wash?" If you've ever tiptoed downstairs in the middle of the night for a taste of chocolate only to devour the entire cake, if you've ever had the urge to write:

TO SOMEONE WHO INSISTED I LOOK UP SOMEONE

I rang them up while touring Timbuctoo,
Those bosom chums to whom you're known as 'Who?'
then you'll find something to tickle your fancy here. --Martha Silano --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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All-time favourite funny poems selected by Griff Rhys Jones --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gordon fowler on 8 Aug. 2013
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Too much 'musical' padding. Long drawn out and utterly boring intro by Griff Rhys Jones. Poor selection of verse read by a group of incompetent amateurs. Definitely not up to the standard I would expect from the BBC. A resounding 'thumbs down' for this one!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Oct. 1998
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While there are occasional glimmers, the book was rather a disappointment. Old favourites like the 'November Pig' are there but many of the poems beg the question of why they are included at all, especially some of the song lyrics. A reasonable selection of off-beam verse, certainly, but not the gem I had hoped for.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Margie on 23 May 2011
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This selection of Humorous Verse is excellent. Thoroughly enjoyable and is really funny. Some old and some new some heard before and some by well known poets. Pam Ayres and Joyce Grenfell brought back memories . Keep by and read to bring out a special smile on your face. Margie of Cheshire
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ella on 22 May 2003
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I sat in my local bookstore for a good half hour the other day just giggling at this book and recieving odd looks from other shoppers. This is great. OK, some of the entries are a little obscure, but I challenge anyone to read Roald Dahl's little red riding hood without smiling. Especially when it gets to "the small girl smiled, one eyelid flickered..." Pure Genius. This book is brilliant.
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By Shaz B on 25 Mar. 2014
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I loved the book! The poems were very funny and I could not wait to recite them to my friends.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sawtell on 28 July 2010
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Some very amusing poems which my 10 year old enjoyed. Many are very "old english" and a bit complicated in theme for a child but there are enough to keep them interested and amused. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the more suggestive ruder poems!
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By Maggiemcerlain on 1 May 2014
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my grandson is really pleased with this gift as he has an interest in poetry and has a great sense of humour so this compilation ticks all the boxes for him
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A brilliant selection of poems. Bought one as a gift and one for myself. Ideal to pick up and read a poem or two and have a giggle .
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