poet Guy Wetmore Carryl

Guy Wetmore Carryl

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Guy Wetmore Carryl (March 4, 1873 – April 1, 1904) was an American humorist and poet.

Carryl was born in New York City, the first-born of author Charles Edward Carryl and Mary R. Wetmore.

When he was only 20 years old he had his first article published in The New York Times. He graduated from Columbia University in 1895 when he was 22 years of age. During his college years he had written plays for amateur performances. One of his professors was Harry Thurston Peck, who was scandalized by Carryl’s famous quote “It takes two bodies to make one seduction,” which was a somewhat risqué statement for those times.

After graduation, in 1896 he became a staff writer ... more »

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  • Nanno Rose (9/1/2018 11:25:00 PM)

    I heard that the words to Carryl’s Blue-Beard poem were slightly revised and turned into a popular lugubrious song. Was it ever recorded? ? I can’t find a recording of it. I grew up listening to my mother recite that poem? ! I loved it!

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Best Poem of Guy Wetmore Carryl

How Little Red Riding Hood Came To Be Eaten

Most worthy of praise
Were the virtuous ways
Of Little Red Riding Hood's Ma,
And no one was ever
More cautious and clever
Than Little Red Riding Hood's Pa.
They never mislead,
For they meant what they said,
And would frequently say what they meant:
And the way she should go
They were careful to show,
And the way that they showed her, she went.
For obedience she was effusively thanked,
And for anything else she was carefully spanked.

It thus isn't strange
That Red Riding Hood's range
Of virtues so steadily grew,
That soon she was ...

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