With a Book

By Ambrose Bierce 1842–1914 Ambrose Bierce
Words shouting, singing, smiling, frowning—
                  Sense lacking.
Ah, nothing, more obscure than Browning,
                  Save blacking.

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Poet Ambrose Bierce 1842–1914

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Reading & Books, Poetry & Poets, Humor & Satire

Poetic Terms Epigram, Couplet, Aphorism

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Ambrose Bierce's literary reputation is based primarily on his short stories about the Civil War and the supernatural—a body of work that makes up a relatively small part of his total output. Often compared to the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, these stories share an attraction to death in its more bizarre forms, featuring depictions of mental deterioration, uncanny, otherworldly manifestations, and expressions of the horror of . . .

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Reading & Books, Poetry & Poets, Humor & Satire

Poetic Terms Epigram, Couplet, Aphorism

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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