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English 17th Century Nonsense Poetry

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  • Terry Foreman
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 5, 2007
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      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."

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A470954
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