Richard Harris Barham

(1788-1845 / England)

Manipulation

Poem by Richard Harris Barham

Oh, my head! my head! my head!
Lack! for my poor unfortunate head!
Mister de Ville
Has been to feel,
And what do you think he said?
He felt it up, and he felt it down,
Behind the ears, and across the crown,
Sinciput, occiput, great and small,
Bumps and organs, he tickled 'em all;
And he shook his own, as he gravely said,
'Sir, you really have got a most singular head!

'Why here's a bump,
Only feel what a lump;
Why the organ of "Sound" is an absolute hump;
And only feel here,
Why, behind each ear,
There's a bump for a butcher or a bombardier;
Such organs of slaughter
Would spill blood like water;
Such "lopping and topping" of heads and of tails,
Why, you'll cut up a jackass with Alderman S--.'
[Caetera desunt.]


Comments about Manipulation by Richard Harris Barham

  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (5/14/2020 3:15:00 PM)

    His writing reminds me in some lines of Roald Dahl.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (5/14/2020 10:56:00 AM)

    There's a bump for a butcher or a bombardier;
    Such organs of slaughter
    Would spill blood like water;
    Such " lopping and topping" of heads and of tails,
    Why, you'll cut up a jackass with Alderman S- .' very fine poem. tony(Report)Reply

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  • paul amrod (5/14/2020 10:31:00 AM)

    Absolutely hilarious. I love couplets with off beat rhymes!(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (5/14/2020 6:34:00 AM)

    'Why here's a bump,
    Only feel what a lump;
    Why the organ of " Sound" is an absolute
    hump; .....beautiful interlinked rhyme in sentence with humorous writings... i enjoyed(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (5/14/2020 6:32:00 AM)

    " Would spill blood like water" !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (5/14/2020 3:03:00 AM)

    After having read, I THOUGHT the poet is still alive amongst us,
    BUT he lived two-three centuries ago. What a modern language he used at that time.
    A scintillating poem, full of humor and irony. WOW! A true talented poet (seen in what age he lived) and far in the future with his language. Amazing poem.Only nowadays most poets don't use rhymes nor internal rhymes anymore. He is herein very keen. I like this poem very much, a poem rhyming so well, The CLASSIC Poem OTD(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (5/14/2020 2:05:00 AM)

    It is one of the best poem by Richard Harris Barham.(Report)Reply

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  • Harindhar Reddy (5/14/2020 12:12:00 AM)

    Marvellous verse with pleasant rhyme(Report)Reply

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  • Uche Daniel Oluwaseun (9/15/2015 4:01:00 PM)

    yea...fantastic (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004