The Mayor of Scuttleton

By Mary Mapes Dodge 1831–1905
The Mayor of Scuttleton burned his nose
Trying to warm his copper toes;
He lost his money and spoiled his will
By signing his name with an icicle-quill;
He went bare-headed, and held his breath,
And frightened his grandame most to death;
He loaded a shovel, and tried to shoot,
And killed the calf in the leg of his boot;
He melted a snow-bird, and formed the habit
Of dancing jigs with a sad Welsh rabbit;
He lived on taffy, and taxed the town;
And read his newspaper upside down;
Then he sighed, and hung his hat on a feather,
And bade the townspeople come together;
But the worst of it all was, nobody knew
What the Mayor of Scuttleton next would do.


Source: She Wields a Pen: American Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century (University of Iowa Press, 1997)

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Poet Mary Mapes Dodge 1831–1905

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Activities, Jobs & Working, Social Commentaries, Town & Country Life, Mythology & Folklore, Fairy-tales & Legends

Poetic Terms Nursery Rhymes

 Mary Mapes Dodge

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Poet Mary Mapes Dodge was born into an academic family in New York, and was educated at home by tutors. At 20 she married a lawyer with whom she had two children. After her husband’s death seven years later, Dodge began her writing career to support her sons. Dodge’s most famous children’s novel, Hans Brinker; or, The Silver Skates (1865), was inspired by historian John Lothrop Motley’s The Rise of the Dutch Republic and The . . .

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SUBJECT Activities, Jobs & Working, Social Commentaries, Town & Country Life, Mythology & Folklore, Fairy-tales & Legends

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Nursery Rhymes

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