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"There was a dour misogynist..." | 21-Feb-05

There was a dour misogynist who swore that womankind
Was neither good, respectable, essential nor refined.
And that firm in this position he would never change his mind...

From a lost book of poems I was given as a child in the mid 50s which I would love to have again and can't identify.

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I also had this book I believe. It had a green cover, about 12"X 9"..full of wonderful line drawings, black and white, looked like drawings from the "New Yorker". Had other poems,
Liza Lottie Leopold (who built a mountain made of gold)
The Tale of the Radonasich
A piscatorial
Grinning monkeys in the shadows(who made the most appalling noise). I have also been looking for it. One of my most favourite poetry books as a child.
The poem about the dour misogynist about a misogynist who sleepwalks , I can still see the line drawing of him in my mind's eye..love it!
If you are able to find this book, please let me know, I will keep you posted if i do.
louisa Hamper

I found the book! Author-Walter Reginald Latham. Title-Nonsense Verses. Published 1948-first edition. Publisher- Constable and Co.
Copies can be found at www.abebooks.com
where I recently found mine, and am now enjoying. Your poem, "There Was A Dour Misogynist" is on page 18.
louisa hamper

Hi there,
I have a copy of this book and love the poems, especially Liza Lottie Leopold. I once wrote an essay at school based on the Radonasich. How marvellous to find other admirers of Latham's book. I hope you find a copy.
marilyn yorke-smith

I confirm that this quotation is from page 18 of "Nonsense Verses" by Walter Reginald Latham and very appropriately illustrated by "Victoria". Constable, London, 1948. It is a marvellous book which I was given at the age of about 10 in 1950 and which I have treasured ever since for its wonderful rhyming nonsense, stuffed full of extensive English vocabulary, for children and adults alike. Lottie Liza Leopold is probably the best, but the Dour Misogynist and The Very Businessman must be very close runners up.
Unfortunately, I have been unable to find out who Walter Reginald Latham was and what other exceptional achievements he was responsable for, if any. Can anyone help ?
David Portsmouth

My favourite was:
A Pirate in Port Royal
Who was anything but loyal
To the spirit and the letter of the law..
unfortunately i can't remember the rest and looked on abe books to find only one copy available IN AUSTRALIA!
I have to say that the poems were not very child-like, some of the content was quite adult (in the old fashioned sense).
Maggie Bennett

A very belated thanks to all. I was given this book by my godmother on what was probably my 6th birthday (since I was initially disappointed that it didn't have more pictures).
It is a great book for a verbal child - snide and funny - much better than Lear and possibly Belloc as far as I'm concerned.
Patsy le Vann

My mother was a friend of Reg and his wife Violet, both Pacifists. She has a later book of his poems which says that he died suddenly and peacefully age 86 in the garden after planting daffodils and a shrub given to him by a neighbour, as a thank you gift for the games of chess that he played with her disabled husband. The nonsense poems were composed by him and his wife during the war as an antidote to the London bombings they were experiencing.
Rohan Bolton

I too remember this wonderful book.
My father would read from it with wonderful rhyme & meter to his voice and facial animation which would have us in stitches especially the Verse......
A pirate in port-royal who was anything but loyal,
to the spirit and the letter of the law.
Was combing out his beard, when a man-o-war appeared,
and the cuckoo in the crow's nest shouted "Cor!"

But the skippers daughter Sally,
who was watching from the galley.......

Gosh this takes me back to simpler times.
I managed to find my own first edition copy via biblio here in the UK and I am expecting its arrival any day now.
I will either keep it for myself or present it to my dear sister as I think it was her book originally and she no longer has it as far as I know.
Danny Clarke

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