Gelett Burgess

Gelett Burgess was an American critic, poet, and humorist. He was an important figure in the 1890s for his publications in The Lark. His best poems are great examples of nonsense writing. He died on September 18th, 1951 at the age of 85. 

The Purple Cow

by Gelett Burgess

‘The Purple Cow’ by Gelett Burgess is a funny short poem. In it, the speaker declares his opinion about seeing and/or being a purple cow.

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