What better way to celebrate National Poetry Month than with an exciting story told in verse? M. T. Anderson's The Serpent Came to Gloucester is just such a story. It's based on a true series of events that took place in Gloucester, Massachusetts - not 40 miles from Somerville - during the summers of 1817 and 1818. Hundreds of people reported seeing a sea serpent playing in the harbor and around the shores of Cape Ann, and the author references some of the many eyewitness accounts in a... Read Post
We shouldn't let National Poetry month go by without considering the limerick. You can find the Library's limerick books by clicking here. There are also lots of very funny ones to be found online at the Limerick Database. Not all of them are good, and not all of them are clean - you have been warned! - but here's an example of one that's both. (Bonus: it's not just a limerick, it's a template for would-be poets who are metrically challenged!)
There once... Read Post
The Old Man’s Complaints and How He Gained Them by Robert Southey (1774 - 1843)
"You are old, father William," the young man cried,
"The few locks which are left you are grey;
You are hale, father William, a hearty old man;
now tell me the reason, I pray."
"In the days of my youth," father William replied,
"I remember'd that youth would fly past,
And abus'd not my health and my vigour at first,
That I never might need... Read Post
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