Selected Vintage Poetry

Selected Vintage Poetry

   In the Victorian Age and up into the middle of the 20th Century, Poetry was once the most popular form of reading.  Everybody had their favorite authors and poems.  Everyone, it seemed, could quote a poem from memory.  As a matter of fact, in the old days, poetry was required reading.  In 1925 my Mother had to memorize and recite the poem Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant when she was in the eighth grade.  She never forgot it and could quote from it all her life.

    I remember when I was but a small lad. My Mother and Sisters would sometimes read poetry to me.  I still can remember the chill that ran up my spine when my sister read Little Orphan Annie. I watched out for those goblins for the longest time. I didn't want them to come get me and pull me up through the ceiling.

    This collection of vintage poetry contains works that stood out above the thousands that have been written over the years.  Some will make you smile, some will make you cry, some may take you back to your childhood and some may even frighten you a little. There are poems that tell stories that may inspire you. Try reading some, such as The Owl and the Fox, to your children or grandchildren and watch their eyes light up.

    In case you should find yourself in the mood for some humor, I have included a few pages of limericks. Limericks are five line poems that were made popular by Edward Lear in 1845 when he published his first Book of Nonsense. This section includes some of his original Limericks.

                                                                                                                                   C. Stephen Badgley