Harry Graham's 'Misrepresentative Men' sardonically inverts the traditional biographical account, offering an insightful exploration of notoriety and virtue, but through a satirical lens. Graham masterfully crafts parodies of historical figures, weaving wit and social critique into a tapestry illuminated by a sharp literary style. Within its pages, irony dances with truth, challenging the reader to discern between the veiled facts and the overt jest. Graham's unique blend of humor and literature positions 'Misrepresenative Men' in a special place within the canon of satirical works, where it complements the likes of Swift and Wilde with its distinctive Edwardian charm.
Graham himself, best known for his lacerating wit evidenced in collections like 'Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes,' hails from a military background that seasoned his perception of societal conceits and affectations. This background, interfacing with his work within British society circles, imbues 'Misrepresentative Men' with an authenticity of critique, as Graham's pen dances with the absurdities and contradictions inherent within the human tapestry of his time.
Scholars and enthusiasts of satirical literature will find 'Misrepresentative Men' a compelling addition to their libraries. Graham's work invites the reader to revel in its incisiveness and to consider the follies presented not merely as entertainment, but as mirrors to our own world. It is a testament to the enduring relevance of wit as a means to critique and reflect, making it as pertinent today as it was over a century ago.
Poet Laureates. Volume 1. The office of Poet Laureate is a high honour amongst poets. The Ancient Greeks had the first idea and their heroes and Poets wore wreaths of Laurel in honour of the god Apollo. Many countries now have a Laureate as do many societies and organisations. But perhaps ranked first among them all is that of our own Poet Laureate. Unfortunately no single authentic definitive record exists of the office of Poet Laureate of England. In some form it can be traced back to 1189 and Richard Canonicus who was employed by Richard I with the title “versificator Regis”. It is said that Geoffrey Chaucer was called Poet Laureate, being granted in 1389 an annual allowance of wine. After that there were a succession of ‘volunteer Laureates’. It is not until 1617 that King James I created the post as it is known today for Ben Jonson, although it appears not to have been a formal appointment. That formality:- The title of Poet Laureate, as a royal office, was first conferred by letters patent on John Dryden in 1670 And from there we have procession of outstanding poets among them William Wordsworth, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Alfred Austin. Among our readers are Richard Mitchley and Ghizela Rowe.
LibriVox volunteers bring you 16 readings of Romance by Andrew Lang, probably best known as Edward Elgar's song My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land. Interestingly, Lang initially refused permission for his words to be used as lyrics, and Elgar's wife Alice wrote alternative words Afar, amidst the Sunny Isles for the song. However, Lang later relented and gave permission for his poem to be used.
The poem was initially published in The Century Magazine, May 1882, and this is the version recorded here. Later collections of Lang's poetry omit the third verse. (Summary by Ruth Golding)
'We should have brought a gift.'
'We've brought a gift. It's called twenty-two thousand pounds.'
Purchased from Russia. Developed in India. Delivered to the UK.
A global transaction over nine months that offers 'a lifetime of happiness' for all involved.
Vivienne Franzmann's play Bodies explores the human cost of surrogacy, and what we'll overlook to get what we want. The play premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, on 5 July 2017, in a production directed by Jude Christian.
The prize-winning poet “crafts a clear-eyed narrative of Latina womanhood in this lovely collection ripe with longing, hope, and broken faith” (Publishers Weekly). Winner of the Pleiades Editors’ Prize and Miller Williams Poetry Prize, poet Jennifer Givhan now explores the path from girlhood to womanhood through love, tequila, sex, first periods, late nights, abuse, and heartache. She describes a journey brimming with transformative magic that heals even as it shatters. In four rich movements of poems, Givhan profiles the suffering and the love of a Latina girl who enters motherhood while coming to terms with sexual trauma. Her daughter is a touchstone of healing as she seeks to unravel her own emotions and protect the next generation of women. Givhan uses changing poetic forms to expose what it means to mature in a female body swirling with tenderness, violence, and potential in an uncertain world.
Сomedy A Midsummer's Night Dream is a wonderful piece of work written by a genius English playwright William Shakespeare. Three very amusing stories tightly connected with each other fascinate the reader with a numerous love adventures. The reason for that is a potion of a forest spirit Puck. William Shakespeare is the author of the world famous sonnets and plays Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth and Othello, as well as comedies Twelfth Night, A Midsummer's Night Dream, Love's Labour's Lost, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and As You Like It. William Shakespeare is the most performed playwright, the works of the great English poet have been on top of the world theatre stages for some centuries already.
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