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OF THE WORKS OF
ENGLISH & AMERICAN AUTHORS,
COLLECTED AND ANNOTATED BY
Fellow of the Royal Geographical and Royal Historical Societies :
“ The Poets Laureate of England ;" “ The Esthetic Movement in England," etia
“We maintain that, far from converting virtue into a parodox, and degrading truth by ridicule, Parovy will only strike at
D'ISRAELI'S Curiosities of Literature.
OF THE POEMS OF
ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON,
BRET HARTE, THOMAS HOOD,
REVEREND C. WOLFE.
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“Te sujet que l'on entreprend de parodier doit toujours îlre un ouvrage
connu, clibre, estimu'. La critique d'une pièce médiocre ne peut jamais devenir
intéressante, ni piquer la curiosité. Il faut que l'imitalion soil fidile, que les
plaisantéries naissent du fond des choses, et paraissent s'être présentées d'elles.
Mémoire sur l'origine de la Farodie, etc. Par M. l'Abbé Sallier, 1733.
“It was because Homer was the most popular poet, that he was most susceptible
of the playful honours of the Greek parodist; unless the prototype is familiar to
us, a parody is nothing."
Reprinted from a copy in the collections of
The New York Public Library
First reprinting, 1967, Johnson Reprint Corporation
Printed in the United States of America
HEN this Collection was originally projected, it seemed so unlikely to receive much
support from the general public that it was intended to publish a few only of the best Parodies of each author.
After the issue of the first few numbers, however, it became evident that “a hit-a palpable hit”
had been made, the sale rapidly increased, and subscribers not only expressed their desire that the collection should be made as nearly complete as possible, but by the loans of scarce books, and copies of Parodies, helped to make it so.
This involved an alteration in the original arrangement, and as it would have been monotonous to
fill a whole number of sixteen pages with parodies of one short poem, such as those on “ Excelsior," or Wolfe's Ode, it became necessary to spread them over several numbers. In the Index, which has been carefully compiled, references will be found, under the titles of the original Poems, to all the parodies mentioned. In all cases, where it has been possible to do so, full titles and descriptions of the works quoted from, have been given; any omission to do this has been unintentional, and will be at once rectified on the necessary information being supplied.
To the following gentlemen I am much indebted for assistance in the formation of this collection,
either by granting permission to quote from their works, or by their original contributions :Messrs. Lewis Carroll (author of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland”), G. P. Beckley, James Gordon, John Lane, J. W. Morris, Walter Parke (author of “The Lays of the Saintly "), H. Cholmondeley Pennell (author of "Puck on Pegasus "), Major-General Rigaud, Edward Simpson, G. R. Sims, Basil H. Soulsby, Edward Walford, M.A. (Editor of “The Antiquarian Magazine "), J. W. Gleeson White, W. H. K. Wright, Public Library, Plymouth, and John Whyte, Public Library, Inverness. A great deal of bibliographical information was sent me by my late lamented friend, the learned and genial Mr. William Bates, Editor of “ The Maclise Portrait Gallery;" his brother, Mr. A. H. Bates; the Rev. T. W. Carson, of Dublin; and Miss Orton, have also given me valuable assistance.
In a few cases where parodies are to be found in easily accessible works, extracts only have been
quoted, or references given ; but it is intended in future, wherever permission can be obtained, to give each parody in full, as they are found to be useful for public entertainments, and recitations. When the older masters of our Literature are reached, a great deal of curious and amusing information will be given, and it is intended to conclude with a complete bibliographical account of PARODY, with extracts and translations from all the principal works on the topic. Whilst arranging the present volume, I have been gathering materials for those to come, which will illustrate the works of those old writers whose names are familiar in our mouths as household words. Much that is not only quaint and amusing will thus be collected, whilst many illustrations of our literature, both in prose and verse, which are valuable to the student, will for the first time be methodically arranged, annotated, and published in a cheap and accessible form.
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The authors of the original poems are arranged in alphabetical order; the titles of the original poems
are printed in small capitals, followed by the Farodies.
I REMEMBER, I REMEMBER-
“One more unfortunate, Ploughed for degree," 125
Charles S. Calverley.
The Heathen Pass-ee
Truthsul James's Song of the Shirt
Remarks about Othello, 1876
Trials and Troubles of a Tourist
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
A Psalm of Life Assurance, 1869
Lives of wealthy men remind us
“ Wives of great men all remind us
Beware! (of Lord Salisbury), 1882
Song of the Irish Land, 1881
Song of the Oyster Land, 1882
The Repentant Baron, 1871
Calverley's Olle to Tobacco
The Bridge (by Longus Socius), 1866 ...
What is in an aim, 1865 ...
The Swell's Dream, 1883
Queen Sigrid, the Haughty
A Modern Saga, 1879
Sister Bill (Parodies of Longfellow and
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Continued).
Piamater, by Alfred Longcove
Excelsior in “Pidgin English” Topside
“Don't bother us !” 1884
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (Poet Laureate).
Thackeray's Parody on
Tit for Tat