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The Nation's Favourite Comic Poems: A Selection of Humorous Verse (BBC Radio Collection) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

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1 Oct 1999 BBC Radio Collection
Linked to the radio programme "Bookworm", this is a collection of more than 80 comic poems ranging from traditional ballads to authors such as Hilaire Belloc, Edward Lear, Dorothy Parker, Spike Milligan, Victoria Wood and Benjamin Zephaniah.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (1 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563558652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563558651
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,145,989 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
1.0 out of 5 stars Dismal failure. 8 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Patchy with some giggles 25 Oct 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The nations favourite Comic Poems 23 May 2011
By Margie
Format:Paperback
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Tee Hee Hee 22 May 2003
By Ella
Format:Paperback
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a fun poetry introduction for my 10 year old 28 July 2010
By sawtell
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars gift 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Comic Poems 25 Mar 2014
By Shaz B
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved the book! The poems were very funny and I could not wait to recite them to my friends.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Termundrydge 18 July 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
lots of peoms that can be read aloud at gatherings. Good for a fun evening. A feel good book of fun and giggles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant selection of poems
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 .
Published 8 days ago by debbie casewell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun
Just love the selection and on a glum day a great cheer upper! Love the notes by Griff Rhys Jones
Published 9 months ago by Dorothy Sneesby
5.0 out of 5 stars it's not the nations favourite for nothing
very pleased to recieve it as stated in the order advice please ask the nation to vote for more of this comic verse ,just love it. My thanks to amazon that i now have it.
Published 15 months ago by george fairchild
4.0 out of 5 stars Nation's Favourite Comic Poems
This is really quite good & contains many well-known comic gems as well as some new side-splitters.
Our favourite of the 'new' selection has to be Talking Turkeys, by Benjamin... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Marstefis
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent value
I bought this so that i could read some poems to my 95 year old Mum,and she loved them!
Published on 4 Jun 2010 by Mrs. M. L. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars A National Fun Gem!
This will leave you feeling good. I laughed out loud reading most of these wonderful comedic gems. If you have trouble getting going in the morning, keep a copy of this book near... Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2009 by G. A. Loftin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Selection of Comic Poetry
There is a good selection of comic poetry on offer here and is a good addition to `The Nation's Favourite Poems'. Read more
Published on 30 April 2009 by I. M. Knight
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