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DO’GGEREL. adj.

doggerel-ns

DO’GGEREL. adj. [from dog.] Loosed from the measures of
regular poetry; vile; despicable; mean.
Then hasten Og and Doeg to rehearse,
Two fools that crutch their feeble sense on verse;
Who by my muse, to all succeeding times,
Shall live in spite of their own dogg’rel rhymes. Dryden.
Your wit burlesque may one step higher climb,
And in his sphere may judge all dogg’rel rhyme. Dryden.
It is a dispute among the criticks, whether burlesque poetry
runs best in heroick verse, like that of the Dispensary; or in
doggerel, like that of Hudibras. Addison’s Spectator, No. 249.