The New Oxford Book of Light Verse by Chosen & edited by Kingsley Amis

The New Oxford Book of Light Verse by Chosen & edited by Kingsley Amis lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Poetry section.

Oxford, London & New York: Oxford University Press, 1979, Hardback in dust wrapper.

2nd printing. [First Published: 1978] From the cover: Kingsley Amiss new anthology celebrates a rich and pleasing if often underrated tradition of English writing. The choice of poems reflects the great variety of this tradition as well as the tastes and firmly-held views of its distinguished editor, and its main objective to raise a good natured smile is achieved with heartening frequency in a book that ranges from (generally genial) satire to nonsense verse, from deft vers de société of the kind perfected by Praed and C. S. Calverley to epigrams and limericks, from Shakespeare to the New Statesman.

More than 250 poems by some 80 authors (assiduous Anon, apart) provide a witty and consistently entertaining survey of English verse, from Rochester and Ben Jonson to Anthony Powell and Sir Osbert Lancaster by way of Thackeray, Gilbert and Hilaire Belloc. This new addition to the family of Oxford anthologies is a completely fresh selection. Audens definition of light was closer to popular than to humorous, and he included poems on the ground that they were, in their time, accessible to a general audience. Kingsley Amiss selection which includes some previously unpublished masterpieces as well as familiar favourites is lighter in heart, and closer to a modern expectation of what light means.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.

Ruled Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [XXXIV] 347 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5¼”.

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