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|Posted By: Rus|
Posted On: Mar 26, 2011
Way back when ... six decades ago ... my grandmother and I would gather every pillow in her house andpile up the pillows on her bed, then we'd lie back until well after my bedtime while she read poems to me from a book entitled One Hundred and One Famous Poems, a 1929 compendium of poetry by America's greatest poets. Three of Eugene Field's poems were included, Little Boy Blue, The Duel, Jest 'Fore Christmas,among the more serious works by Wordsworth, Poe, Dickenson, Whitman, Whittier, Emerson, etc. The Duel was my favorite, especially for the way she read it - her inflections, her facial expressions and her comments.
A lot of Field's material was in a melancholy vein. It is his more playful writings that I prefer. The Duel was an early childhood favorite, but in more recent years it's Jest 'Fore Christmas.
|Posted By: Judy McManus|
Posted On: Oct 17, 2010
|Gigham dog and Calico Cat|
I had to memorize this when I was three, and recite it at our family's Christmas gathering. Later, when my little brother and I would fight (all the time!) my mother wold start the poem in hopes that we would stop. It never worked!
|Posted By: Virginia Stearns|
Posted On: Aug 27, 2010
I have loved the poem, "The Duel" since I was a child. But I have always remembered it as "The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat." I have made, painted and put in our garden, yard art of a gingham dog and a calico cat.
I tease my husband that the dog and cat represent the two of us.