Word of the Day: doggerel
origin: from Middle English "dogerel", prob. diminutive of "dogge" (dog)
1. crudely or irregularly fashioned verse, often in a humorous or
burlesque nature; poetic verse marked by triviality or inferiority.
"I found myself in a house of kindly people, who had found me on the
third day wandering, weeping, and raving through the streets of St.
John's Wood. They have told me since that I was singing some insane
doggerel about "The Last Man Left Alive! Hurrah!"
--H. G. Wells "War of the Worlds"
One of the more famous employers of bits of doggerel for humorous and
poetic effect is A. E. Housman. Consider the following bit from
'Terence, this is stupid stuff', his poem about a writer of doggerel:
"But oh, good Lord, the verse you make,
It gives a chap the belly-ache.
'The cow, the old cow, she is dead;
It sleeps well, the hornżd head'
We poor lads, 'tis our turn now
To hear such tunes as killed the cow.
Pretty friendship 'tis to rhyme
Your friends to death before their time ..."
The entire poem can be found at:
An excellent web site devoted to Housman's life and times may be found
Publish Date: 01/20/2011