Classic and Contemporary Poetry
THE GINOINE AR-TICKLE, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY Poet's Biography
First Line: Talkin' o' poetry, - there're few
Last Line: Sich poetry as that from end to end.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Nature; Poetry & Poets
TALKIN' o' poetry, -- There're few men yit
'At's got the stuff b'iled down so's it'll pour
Out sorgum-like, and keeps a year and more
Jes' sweeter ever' time you tackle it!
Why, all the jinglin' truck 'at hes been writ
Fer twenty year and better is so pore
You cain't find no sap in it any more
'N you'd find juice in puff-balls! -- And I'd Quit!
What people wants is facts, I apper-hend;
And naked Natur is the thing to give
Your writin' bottom, eh? And I contend
'At honest work is allus bound to live.
Now them's my views; 'cause you kin recommend
Sich poetry as that from end to end.
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