Friday, June 12, 2015

A spot of nonsense, with Edward Lear

Edward Lear was born on May 12, 1812 (which would make him 203, were he still alive today).

This is the master of poetry and nonsense who gave us the inimitable "The Owl and the Pussy-cat", "The Jumblies", "The Dong with the Luminous Nose" and "Calico Pie".

He was also well known for producing some of the most famous and most widely read limericks in the English Language.  You could well say he was the Limerick King.

A lot of Edward Lear's poetry has been digitised, and you can link through to many of his books from the results of this search in One Search.

But we also have print copies of his books, which you can also find by clicking on the link above.

Here's a taster of his work - an excerpt from his own self-portrait:
His mind is concrete and fastidious,
His nose is remarkably big;
His visage is more or less hideous,
His beard it resembles a wig.
~Edward Lear

Jackson, H (Ed.). (2001). The complete nonsense of Edward Lear. London, United Kingdom: Faber and Faber. (Original work published 1947)

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