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Light Verse

A light poetry poem is a type of poem that expresses humor and frivolity. While there have been many debates over whether or not the light poetry genre should be made official, it certainly has its place as one of the many types of creative poetic structures in the English vernacular.

Light Verse Poem Definition

The light poetry type was invented in Europe, mostly by Englishmen. Light poems are often short, adventurous, and pun-filled poems that express a forward or satirical type of humor. While attempts at writing light poetry might be casual, the type of humor often has a deeper, more serious meaning.

Light poems are meant to serve two purposes: To delight an audience and to make them ponder. Even the most philosophical poets, like Horace and Auden, have created light poetry poems to inspire readers.

This type of poetry often does not require any rigid form of construction or rules. They can be presented in the form of limericks, rhymes, double dactyls, or nonsense writings. 


Ancient Music by Ezra Pound

Winter is icummen in,
Lhude sing Goddamm,
Raineth drop and staineth slop,
and how the wind doth ramm,
        Sing: Goddamm.
Skiddeth bus and sloppeth us,
An ague hath my ham.
Freezeth river, turneth liver,
        **** you, sing: Goddamm.
Goddamm, Goddamm, ’tis why I am, Goddamm,
        So ‘gainst the winter’s balm.
Sing goddamm, damm, sing Goddamm,

Sing goddamm, sing goddamm, DAMM.

What Would Santa Claus Say by Michael R. Burch

What would Santa Claus say,
I wonder,
about Jesus returning
to kill and plunder?

For He’ll likely return
on Christmas day
to blow the bad
little boys away!

When He flashes like lightning
across the skies
and many a homosexual

when the harlots and heretics
are ripped asunder,
what will the Easter Bunny think,
I wonder?

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