Classic Poetry for….Dogs?

In the mood for some lighthearted poetry loaded with canine silliness? Classic Poetry for Dogs: Why Do I Chase Thee by Jessica Swaim will have you howling with laughter. This hilarious little book is a spoof on well-known poems from the point of view of canine authors like Elizabeth Basset Browning, William Shakespaw, Rover Frost, Edgar Allen Pug, and others. Some poems are a little bit naughty, but I suppose even sophisticated dogs enjoy down-to-earth humor.


One of my favorite sonnets of all time is How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. As most of you know, the first few lines of this classic is "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways". I could only chuckle as I read canine poet Elizabeth Basset Browning's interpretation that begins with "Why do I chase thee? Doggone it if I know", and gets even funnier line after line. I can see why the author chose to include this in the title of her book. Another recognizable classic poem is Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. On page 30 you will find Henry Wagsworth Longfellow's version whose first few lines are "Listen, my puppies, and you shall know - How your pappy fared at the Westminster show". Page after page of poetry spoofs, Classic Poetry for Dogs: Why Do I Chase Thee is a winner if you are looking for fun, light humor – and love dogs of course. Each canine poet's chapter begins with a humorous illustration by digital media artist Chet Phillips. Accompanying the illustration is a brief description of each poet littered with dog humor guaranteed to make you smile. If you would like to fetch a copy of this book you can retrieve it from the new nonfiction shelves. Pun intended!

 

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