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Humorous doggerel of this type often appeared in newspapers, written by an editor or columnist using a pen name, or appearing without a byline. It was a convenient way to make comment on politics or current events; it may well have also served to fill in extra space in columns.

The relevant point here seems to be that policeman wore noisy boots and trod in a measured fashion, so anyone in an otherwise silent street could hear and identify an approaching constable.
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Humorous doggerel of this type often appeared in newspapers, written by an editor or columnist using a pen name, or appearing without a byline. It was a convenient way to make comment on politics or current events; it may well have also served to fill in extra space in columns.

The relevant point here seems to be that policeman wore noisy boots and trod in a measured fashion, so anyone in an otherwise silent street could hear and identify an approaching constable.
It also represents the popularity of the poem, "The Raven" in 1888 England.

"Once upon September eerie, while I walked about quite leery,
noting the passings on Commercial Road of many a common whore.
Suddenly arose a passion, which I've nurtured in my fashion,
to transport some of them to the distant Styxian shore.
To that dark, dank Styxian shore - 'tis a dream I know they'd abhor!"

Can't say it's poetry. I always like Poe's "El Dorado" best. Also the "tintinnabulation" of "The Bells".

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It also represents the popularity of the poem, "The Raven" in 1888 England.

"Once upon September eerie, while I walked about quite leery,
noting the passings on Commercial Road of many a common whore.
Suddenly arose a passion, which I've nurtured in my fashion,
to transport some of them to the distant Styxian shore.
To that dark, dank Styxian shore - 'tis a dream I know they'd abhor!"

Can't say it's poetry. I always like Poe's "El Dorado" best. Also the "tintinnabulation" of "The Bells".

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