Don Marquis

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Don Marquis Biography

Donald Robert Perry Marquis (July 28, 1878, in Walnut, Illinois – June 16, 1937, in New York City) was a humorist, journalist, and author. He was variously a novelist, poet, newspaper columnist, and playwright. He is remembered best for creating the characters "Archy" and "Mehitabel", supposed authors of humorous verse.

Don Marquis Poems

1.
The Tom-Cat

At midnight in the alley
A Tom-cat comes to wail,
And he chants the hate of a million years
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2.
The Fairy and the Firefly

One night I saw a battle
between a firefly
and a fairy.
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3.
Pete the parrot and shakespeare

I got acquainted with
a parrot named pete recently
who is an interesting bird
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4.
Archy Confesses

Archycoarse
jacosity
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5.
The Old Trouper

Mehitabeli ran onto mehitabel again
last evening
she is inhabiting
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Don Marquis Comments

P.l. Wick 22 February 2014

Your bio is not quite correct: Archy was the supposed author of some of Marquis' poems. Mehitabel was only a character of whom Archy wrote...the cat did not actually do any of the authorship. Details, gents, details. pw

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