Poets of Old

I had a phone call tonight from a friend of mine, who had just acquired a book of romantic poets of the 19th Century.  We spent some time with her reading a few of the poems, and some time with me looking the poets up on Wikipedia.  I also mentioned that I have a book of poetry from that period, by John Godfrey (J.G.) Saxe.  Sometime later (like, about 10 minutes ago), I decided to look HIM up on Wikipedia… and found that they knew virtually nothing about him, including having no bibliography.  I immediately edited the page to add a Bibliography, with all the information I had on the one book that I have; nevertheless, I found it odd that a popular comic author writing in the mid-1800s has been so forgotten.  As a poet, I rank him slightly beneath my favorite comic poet, Guy Wetmore Carryl.  (At least they have photocopies of at least 2 of Carryl’s books online, at Michigan State University’s website.)  Saxe gets quite silly, but most of his poems are worth reading and chuckling over.  Prior to tonight, I had no idea how rare this book was… it isn’t in fabulous shape, but is still readable.  You wouldn’t be in as good of shape if you were published by Houghton, Mifflin and Co. in 1881.  According to my note in the inside cover, I purchased this while living in Browns Mills, NJ — that would probably mean a library book sale, in 1972-73.


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