English 17th Century Nonsense Poetry
- A tad off-topic, but perhaps timely, at this time of year.
"No one seems quite sure of the reason, but there has been a thriving
tradition of nonsense writing in England which long pre-dates the more
well-known poets of the 19th Century, such as Edward Lear and Lewis
Carroll. Historians of the genre, in fact, generally cite Cabalistical
Verses by the 17th Century wit John Hoskyns as the earliest identifiable
example of what might specifically be called English nonsense verse. This
Researcher, therefore, takes great pleasure in ignoring the blatherings of
the Victorian poets and concentrating instead on these earlier, now largely
forgotten, delirious heroes of the English canon."