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Rating the Rhymers

If you had to rate the best light rhymers of all time, what would your list look like?

Here’s Mine:

1. Dorothy Parker

2. Ogden Nash

3. Everybody else

  1. February 17, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Great list, but what about W.S. Gilbert? Love your blog, by the way…it’s about time that light verse got some dedicated champions! Keep posting!

  2. February 17, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Hey, Jazz. Thanks for the memory jog on W.S. Gilbert. Yup…he’d be right up there! Thanks for the encouragement. Vb

  3. February 17, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Anytime, man. Keep fighting the good fight! I read the excerpt from the Rhymer’s Cafe on blurb.com…it’s wonderful! I especially liked “The Wart on Jenny’s Nose”.

  4. February 17, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Thanks! Much appreciated.

  5. February 18, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Good choices, and Gilbert’s a fine choice too.

    If you like progressive political light verse, I recommend Calvin Trillin, often to be found in the New Yorker and the Nation.

  6. February 18, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    Thanks, Mad. Yup he’s very good and very prolific…but so are you. I am new at this blogging thing…found your site and was blown away. By the way…you don’t have to have a progressive bent to enjoy a well executed progressive verse. If it’s cleverly done…then I’m a fan.

  7. April 16, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Thanks so much for your kind words, Versebender! I’ve been enjoying yours too and am so glad you’re participating in my Limerick-Offs!

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