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Laughter: Parodies and Good Jokes

Updated on November 18, 2013

Can Trash be Poetic? It Can.

This photograph of a pike of trash is actually balanced and interesting, though it remains trash. Can we turn it into poetry?
This photograph of a pike of trash is actually balanced and interesting, though it remains trash. Can we turn it into poetry? | Source
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Slackermore! - The Raven's Jokester Cousin

The parody poem is a different type of joke genre than the One Liner or the Story is shorter than a story and longer than a one liner and sometimes funnier than either.

This parody poem is more like a long Limerick, the kind of witty, humorous poem invented by Edward Lear as a nonsense rhyme.

The parody tells a story, but applies it to a different situation than the orirignal poem portrayed, often something in daily life that is frustrating or slly.

One of my favorites is Mad Magazine's The Beagle, a 1959 parody of Edgar Allen Poe's classic, The Raven. The parody is not avaiable online that I can find, and I have my collector's issue locked up and safe. However, I can recall that the parody is about marketing and television commercials and the pet dog that has begun to bark out advertising slogans.

Quoth the Raven : Nevermore!


Quoth the Beagle: Drink Blatz Beer!

My own parody below uses as its foundation, Jabberwocky and the comedic situation of the lazy college roommate (with apologies to Jabberwoks and college students).

Excellent Parody

Rappin' Raven - ala Weird Al

Raven At the Car Lot

Edward Lear's Raven


There was an Old Man of Whitehaven,
Who danced a quadrille with a raven;
But they said, 'It's absurd
To encourage this bird!'
So they smashed that Old Man of Whitehaven.



'Twas Brillo, and the slimy Dove.

Detergent wallowed in the sink.

All filthy were the week-old dishes,

And the pizza box could slink.


"Beware the Slackerbutt, my Lass!

The claws that grab, the jaws that gab!

Beware the Mockingbirder, and shun

The confabulating witch!"


She took her trusty cell in hand:

Long time the Justice she had sought-

So called the Locksmith PDQ,

And stood awhile in thought.


And, as in smilish glee she stood,

The Slackerbutt, with eyes of glass,

Came whining through the pantry door,

And flustered as it came!


One, two, three, four!

One more treat and out the door

With a bag of chips and dip.

She let it go, and with her head


She nodded, knowing that

She hadst plot the move of Slackerbutt

And put its trash upon the step.

"O Freedom day! Huzzah! Hooray!" She shouted out in joy.


The Sheriff came and moved the beast

When it could not get in the door.

And stacked were the sparkling dishes,

And pizza at the door.


(c) 2008 Patty Inglish

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    • topstuff profile image

      topstuff 9 years ago

      I have a different view.Parodies are good jokes but it ruins original and a

      perfect hit to the original content especially in case of poetry.its a bad joke.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      I think it would be bad if a good poem was parodied with obscenity.

    • GeneriqueMedia profile image

      GeneriqueMedia 8 years ago from Earth

      Great stuff! =)

      Love your poem, had me chuckling. Actually, everything here did...

      ...not sure if you're familiar with some of my work, and I'm not trying to tout and shout it out but I think you might enjoy something...

      Keep up the hubbin'!



      I love Mad, Cracked, SNL, and all that kinda stuff. Also...Weird Al rawks mah sawks and others like him.

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