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Library of Congress Web Site | External Web Sites Library of Congress Web Site An online a selection of recordings from the Library's Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature, a series of audio recordings, dating back to 1943, of renowned poets and prose writers reading from and discussing their work at the Library of Congress.
One of the easiest is Poem Source which features short and occasionally funny poems by poets like William Blake, Robert Burns, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, Tennyson, and others.
It may take some digging to actually find a funny poem, but the classics were full of humor.
Also, the combination of the familiar with the unfamiliar might also make something funny (in the first poem, the image of a steamroller going over a heart smashed to pieces is incongruous enough to be amusing).
A joint project of the the Poetry Foundation and the UK-based Poetry Archive, the Essential American Poets historic audio collection, launched September 2008, will make freely available the recordings of more than 100 American poets reading their own work, selected by former US Poet Laureate Donald Hall in consultation with UK Poet Laureate Andrew Motion.
This is a guide to selected online resources for audio recordings of poets reading and discussing their work.
For video recordings of poets, see Guide to Poetry & Literature Webcasts.
The limerick is a form of poetry that has been around for ages.
Sometimes used in scandalous ways, it usually takes the form of a few clever rhymes with a humorous and often surprising twist at the end.
Nothing works as well to break the ice between two people as humor, and funny Valentine poems are a great way to celebrate that day.