Thomas Augustine Daly

(28 May 1871 - 4 October 1948 / Philadelphia)

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best known for his humorous verses in mock Italian-American and Irish American dialect.

Thomas Augustine Daly is best known for his humorous verse primarily in Italian or Irish-American dialect. Although popular for forty years as a poet, he was a versatile writer, and he built an international reputation as an author, columnist, and lecturer. His dialectal humor continued the tradition... more »

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  • Rookie Salvatore Buttaci (11/5/2006 9:10:00 AM)

    Try tracking down his poem 'Leetla Giorgio Washington.' It's his best dialect poem, the one that started me off writing poetry for the past 55 years!

    Sal Amico M. Buttaci
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Best Poem of Thomas Augustine Daly

Da Leetla Boy

Da spreeng ees com'! but oh, da joy
   Eet ees too late!
He was so cold, my leetla boy,
   He no could wait.

I no can count how manny week,
How manny day, dat he ees seeck;
How manny night I seet an' hold
Da leetla hand dat was so cold.
He was so patience, oh, so sweet!
Eet hurts my throat for theenk of eet;
An' all he evra ask ees w'en
Ees gona com' da spreeng agen.
Wan day, wan brighta sunny day,
He see, across da alleyway,
Da leetla girl dat's livin' dere
Ees raise her window for da air,
An' ...

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