Jane Austen

(16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817 / Hampshire, England)

I'Ve A Pain In My Head - Poem by Jane Austen

'I've a pain in my head'
Said the suffering Beckford;
To her Doctor so dread.
'Oh! what shall I take for't?'

Said this Doctor so dread
Whose name it was Newnham.
'For this pain in your head
Ah! What can you do Ma'am?'

Said Miss Beckford, 'Suppose
If you think there's no risk,
I take a good Dose
Of calomel brisk.'--

'What a praise worthy Notion.'
Replied Mr. Newnham.
'You shall have such a potion
And so will I too Ma'am.'

Comments about I'Ve A Pain In My Head by Jane Austen

  • (5/30/2018 4:56:00 AM)

    Very lyrical, light hearted, fun. I like it, cheerful (Report) Reply

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  • Abhimanyu Kumar.s (12/7/2017 7:31:00 AM)

    Narration and diction at best. Excellent (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (7/21/2017 8:29:00 AM)

    With her sweet writing style Jane has penned beautifully the conversation between the doctor and his patient. Nice work.Enjoyed. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (12/16/2015 6:54:00 PM)

    This is a very humorous poem, in spite of what Francis L said below. (Report) Reply

  • Francis Lynch (8/7/2015 8:56:00 AM)

    This poem is really unworthy of the posting. (Report) Reply

  • Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (8/7/2015 4:57:00 AM)

    Entertaining dialogue in poetic lines! (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (8/7/2015 2:10:00 AM)

    It is a humorous conversational poem taking place between as patient and a Doctor by Jane Austen, the English novelist (Report) Reply

  • Alpeshkumar Natubhai Makvana (8/7/2015 12:45:00 AM)

    First beckford and newnham both are illusioned name acording to old English, secondly the poem indicates a great mixture of pun and anticlimax. its very humor when so called doctor requestions the patient for possible remedy instead of himself giving solutions. (Report) Reply

  • (6/4/2014 7:36:00 PM)

    ........very impressive....a very nice poem... (Report) Reply

  • (4/26/2014 4:18:00 AM)

    A good poem from the great poet cum novelist and interested much. (Report) Reply

  • (4/25/2006 6:09:00 PM)

    I find this poem to be quite fascinating. This diverts away from Austen's typical writing typle, which she's most famous for. Unlike Sense and Sensablility or Emma, this literary work is simpler. The comic nature of this poem is entertaining as well. I'm fond of Austen's novels and now I'm a fan of her poetry. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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