Edward Lear

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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 ...
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How Pleasant To Know Mr. Lear
How pleasant to know Mr. Lear,
Who has written such volumes of stuff.
Some think him ill-tempered and queer,
But a few find him pleasant enough.
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.
There Was An Old Man In A Tree
There was an Old Man in a tree,
Who was horribly bored by a bee.
When they said "Does it buzz?"
He replied "Yes, it does!
The Pobble Who Has No Toes
The Pobble who has no toes
Had once as many as we;
When they said "Some day you may lose them all;"
He replied "Fish, fiddle-de-dee!"
The Jumblies
They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
In a Sieve they went to sea:
In spite of all their friends could say,
On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,


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Juhaina Tumlu 31 July 2020
I have become a big fan of his limerick poems, though people may take it as funny I found them satire and straight. He was gem of poet but got recognition for limerick only.
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Is this all of Edward Lear's poem's? .
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Jatinder kaur 04 May 2019
Voyage cheesy but I hoped not sieved
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jack gullick 08 April 2019
my favorite poem is the owl and the cat because my sister spells it the owl and the ***** cat
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Sandra Milton 05 February 2019
My Father in law would recite a poem he learnt in school. We believe it was called The Bigger Wigger? The poem contained some of the charterers in other poem. I can not find this poem under Edward Lear can anyone help?
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anushka Raj Singh 04 January 2019
Nice poems
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Sanjeev 12 December 2018
Thanks for these results of my questions
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Zehra 28 June 2018
So sweet
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Jeff kaplin 08 May 2018
I’m from the overeat h team
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bumbum 04 May 2018
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james pollo 22 March 2018
his poems are good (my sis sas they are epic) :)
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Mister guy 05 March 2018
Love the poems how much have you done.?
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MIlAs 07 December 2017
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Sandra Feldman 09 August 2015
When I was child, my dear mother read me lots of rhymes and poems for children which began my unending love for poetry. One of my favorites was The Pussy Cat and the Owl, still love it, but never bothered to find out who wrote it..After so many years, now I know it was Edward Lear, thanks to this wonderful site, Poem Hunter.
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Michael Baker 01 January 2013
Where is The Owl and the pussycat? .
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Christine Pointer 26 October 2005
When I was in junior school I did not attend assemblies with the other children because of my religion. During the time that the others were singing hymns I was allowed to read my teachers precious copy of Edward Lear poems. This introduced me to the wonderful world of poetry and verse and of course reading. I found Mr. Lear's poems funny and endearing and full of visual delight.
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