Edward Lear was an English artist, illustrator, author, and poet, renowned today primarily for his literary nonsense, in poetry and prose, and especially his limericks, a form that he popularised.
Lear was born into a middle-class family in the village of Holloway, the 21st child of Ann and Jeremiah Lear. He was raised by his eldest sister, also named Ann, 21 years his senior. Ann doted on Lear and continued to mother him until her death, when Lear was almost 50 years of age. Due to the family's failing financial fortune, at age four he and his sister had to leave the family home and set up house together.
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- How pleasant to know Mr. Lear
- The Jumblies
- The Pobble Who Has No Toes
- There Was an Old Man in a Tree
- There Was an Old Man with a Beard
- The Dong with a Luminous Nose
- Alphabet Poem
- There was an Old Man of Thermopylae
- The Akond of Swat
- There was an Old Man of Calcutta
- The Quangle Wangle's Hat
- There was an Old Man of New York
- There was an old man on the Border
- The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo
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Calico Pie,Edward Lear (1812-1888), British poet. Calico Pie (l. 1-6). . . Faber Book of Children's Verse, The. Janet Adam Smith, comp. (1953; paperback 1963...
The little Birds fly
Down to the calico tree,
Their wings were blue,
And they sang "Tilly-loo!"
Till away they flew
And they never came back...
''\'How pleasant to know Mr. Lear!'Edward Lear (1812-1888), British poet. How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear (l. 1-4). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner...
Who has written such volumes of stuff!
Some think him ill-tempered and queer,
But a few think him pleasant enough.''
''Who, or why, or which, or what,Edward Lear (1812-1888), British poet. The Ahkond of Swat (l. 1-2). . . Faber Book of Nonsense Verse, The. Geoffrey Grigson, ed. (1979) Faber and ...
Is the Ahkond of Swat?''
On the Coast of CoromandelEdward Lear (1812-1888), British poet. The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo (l. 1-8). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II...
Where the early pumpkins blow,
In the middle of the woods
Lived the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo.
Two old chairs, and half a candle,
One old jug...
''I would be your wife most gladly!'Edward Lear (1812-1888), British poet. The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo (l. 46-50). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-...
(Here she twirled her fingers madly)
'But in England I've a mate!
Yes! you've asked me far too late,
For in England I've a mate,''
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