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"Punch, or the London Charivari. Volume 1, July 31, 1841" is a brilliantly witty and satirical collection of cartoons, articles, and sketches that provide a humorous critique of Victorian society. The contributors, known collectively as "Various," showcase their clever wordplay and keen observations on politics, culture, and everyday life in 19th century England.

The illustrations, in particular, are a highlight of this volume, with detailed caricatures that lampoon public figures and social conventions of the time. The writing is equally sharp, with biting commentary on everything from fashion trends to parliamentary debates. Each piece is packed with clever puns and clever allusions that will have readers chuckling at the clever humor.

While some of the references may be dated for modern readers, the overall wit and insight of "Punch" still shine through. This volume is a delightful glimpse into the humor and sensibilities of the Victorian era, showcasing the enduring appeal of satire and parody as a means of cultural commentary. Overall, "Punch, or the London Charivari. Volume 1, July 31, 1841" is a must-read for fans of classic comedy and historical satire.

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VOL. 1.



Let me earnestly implore you, good Mr. PUNCH, to give publicity to a new invention in the art of poetry, which I desire only to claim the merit of having discovered. I am perfectly willing to permit others to improve upon it, and to bring it to that perfection of which I am delightedly aware, it is susceptible.

It is sometimes lamented that the taste for poetry is on the decline that it is no longer relished that the public will never again purchase it as a luxury. But it must be some consolation to our modern poets to know (as no doubt they do, for it is by this time notorious) that their productions really do a vast deal of service that they are of a value for which they were never designed. They I mean many of them have found their way into the pharmacopoeia, and are constantly prescribed by physicians as soporifics of rare potency. For instance

" not poppy, nor mandragora, Nor all the drowsy syrups of the world. Shall ever usher thee to that sweet sleep"

to which a man shall be conducted by a few doses of Robert Montgomery's Devil's Elixir, called "Satan," or by a portion, or rather a potion, of "Oxford... Continue reading book >>

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