How Pleasant To Know Mr. Lear Poem by Edward Lear

How Pleasant To Know Mr. Lear

Rating: 3.1

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.

His mind is concrete and fastidious,
His nose is remarkably big;
His visage is more or less hideous,
His beard it resembles a wig.

He has ears, and two eyes, and ten fingers,
(Leastways if you reckon two thumbs);
He used to be one of the singers,
But now he is one of the dumbs.

He sits in a beautiful parlour,
With hundreds of books on the wall;
He drinks a great deal of marsala,
But never gets tipsy at all.

He has many friends, laymen and clerical,
Old Foss is the name of his cat;
His body is perfectly spherical,
He weareth a runcible hat.

When he walks in waterproof white,
The children run after him so!
Calling out, "He's gone out in his night-
Gown, that crazy old Englishman, oh!"

He weeps by the side of the ocean,
He weeps on the top of the hill;
He purchases pancakes and lotion,
And chocolate shrimps from the mill.

He reads, but he does not speak, Spanish,
He cannot abide ginger beer;
Ere the days of his pilgrimage vanish,
How pleasant to know Mr. Lear!

Susan Williams 07 February 2016

I can see the humor here, I can see a character being sketched here, and I can see that these things have been done well but to my shame I could not get involved in this poem's world. Perhaps another day I would, but not today

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Rod Mendieta 29 September 2017

My dear Susan, come on! You're missing out on all the fun! I would have loved to be able to say myself 'how pleasant to know Mr. Lear'. Now, go on, give it another try and please read 'The Owl and the Pussycat', if you haven't already, and tell me you don't like it.

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Susan Williams 15 February 2018

My dear Rod, because you asked so sweetly and politely, I will go read the Owl and the Pussycat and tell you how it goes for me and I will do so politely and sweetly ;)

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Bri Edwards 20 January 2023

I 'have no time' to comment on the poem, as i've spent too much (ha!) time reading about Mr. Lear and fooling around with a poem Belle Wassermeister has written, a limerick, in 2023, 'honoring' (in a way) Lear's poetry. Her poem is

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Bri Edwards 20 January 2023

'Lear's nonsense books were quite popular during his lifetime, but a rumour circulated that 'Edward Lear' was merely a pseudonym, and the books' true author was the man to whom Lear had dedicated the works, his patron the Earl of Derby.'...

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Kim Barney 19 January 2023

Edward Lear was quite a character. I think each one of us should now write a self-promoting poem like this one. I will do it and have mine posted within the hour. It will probably be a limerick. Lear was famous for his limericks.

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Belle Wassermeister 19 January 2023

Okay, I have written one after all and will be posting it in a few minutes!

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Belle Wassermeister 19 January 2023

I see that you have indeed posted your poem, and Cowboy Ron Williams has followed suit. I'm not sure I can come up with one today, but am curious to see how many others will do it!

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Brenda Brooks 19 January 2023


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MAHTAB BANGALEE 19 January 2023

It's poetic wandering towards the far long field of self introduction; I think it's wisdom thru a humorous sense; nice to read all

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