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Subject - Satire

For some light works in this same vein see the Humor category.

Poetry is a shuffling of boxes of illusions buckled with a strap of facts. - Carl Sandburg


  1. Adair Welcker, Poet by Ambrose Bierce
  2. Don Juan by Lord Byron
  3. Elegy in a Country Churchyard by G. K. Chesterton
  4. The Golf Links by Sarah Norcliffe Cleghorn

    protesting child labor practices

  5. The Medal by John Dryden
  6. Absalom and Achitophel by John Dryden

    Charles II's illegitimate son plots to overthrow his father

  7. The Smooth Divine by Timothy Dwight
  8. Fable XLIX: The Man and the Flea by John Gay
  9. A Fox May Steal Your Hens, Sir by John Gay
  10. The Poet and the Rose by John Gay
  11. The Major-General by W.S. Gilbert
  12. The Character of Holland by Andrew Marvell

    with apologies to our Dutch friends

  13. Elegy Written in a Country Coal-Bin by Christopher Morley
  14. The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope
  15. The Lake Isle by Ezra Pound
  16. The Talented Man by Winthrop Mackworth Praed
  17. The Belle of the Ball-Room by Winthrop Mackworth Praed
  18. Base Details by Siegfried Sassoon
  19. The Beau to the Virtuosos by William Shenstone
  20. The Pig by Christopher Smart
  21. The Battle of Blenheim by Robert Southey

    what is the use of war?

  22. The Progress of Poetry by Jonathan Swift
  23. Phyllis, or the Progress of Love by Jonathan Swift
  24. The Country Clown by John Trumbull
  25. A Solitary Triumph by P. G. Wodehouse
  26. Satire II: The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse by Thomas Wyatt

    you may be better off where you are

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