Did you know that as well as being referred to as ‘The Father of American Literature’ for his many classic novels such as ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’, and ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’, Mark Twain (1835 – 1910) also wrote poetry? Clearly a talented poet, Mark Twains poems display his natural ability for writing clever wit, humour, drama and parody in rhyme.
Among his most notable poems, is:
Ode To Stephen Dowling Bots, Dec’d
No whooping-cough did rack his frame,
Nor measles drear, with spots;
Not these impaired the sacred name
Of Stephen Dowling Bots.
Despised love struck not with woe
That head of curly knots,
Nor stomach troubles laid him low,
Young Stephen Dowling Bots.
O no. Then list with tearful eye,
Whilst I his fate do tell.
His soul did from this cold world fly,
By falling down a well.
They got him out and emptied him;
Alas it was too late;
His spirit was gone for to sport aloft
In the realms of the good and great.
Other great poems of Mark Twain’s, include A Man Hired By John Smith And Co, A Sweltering Day In Australia, The Aged Pilot Man, Those Annual Bills, To Jennie, O Lord, Our Father, Warm Summer Sun, Genius and more.
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