2 August 1856
IS IT SO? AND IF SO, WHY SO?
My friend Parton, in his recent book, called "Humorous Poetry of the English Language," says, that he could find no Humorous Poetry by Women, worthy a place in his collection; and his mind seems to be quite exercised in the Preface, upon this question: Can women write Humorous Poetry, or—can they not?
I charge him no fee for my opinion, which is as follows:
1st. That women have not written humorous verses for the reason, that Poetry, with them, is the outlet, only, for the holiest, strongest, and deepest feelings of their nature; they approach it, as the priests of old approached the sacred ark, with bowed heads and clean hands.
2ndly. That in making this remark, I endorse the utility of Humorous Poetry in general, and this exhaustless fountain of fun, collected by my friend Parton, in particular; on the principle, that whatever shortens our faces, lengthens our days.
3rdly—lastly, concludingly, and conclusively, I would venture to add, that it may be lucky for the male sex, that our sex never felt inclined to try their hand at Humorous Poetry.
Fanny Fern, "Is It So? And If So, Why So?," The New-York Ledger (2 August 1856): 4
To cite this project:
Fanny Fern, "Is It So? And If So, Why So?," Fanny Fern in The New York Ledger, Ed. Kevin McMullen (2018) http://fannyfern.org.