Edward Lear Poems
- The Owl And The Pussy-Cat The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to ...
- There Was An Old Man In A Tree There was an Old Man in a ...
- How Pleasant To Know Mr. Lear How pleasant to know Mr. Lear, ...
- The Pobble Who Has No Toes The Pobble who has no toes Had ...
- There Was An Old Man With A Be...
- The Jumblies They went to sea in a Sieve, they did, In a ...
- The Table And The Chair Said the Table to the Chair, 'You ...
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.
Lear suffered from health problems. From ... more »
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The Owl And The Pussy-Cat
The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
'O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are!'
Pussy said to the Owl, 'You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?'
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the ...