How Pleasant To Know Mr. Lear Poem by Edward Lear

How Pleasant To Know Mr. Lear

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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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Julie Senborne 01 May 2006

there were alot of wacky words, and it was a bit confusing, but it had an up tempo beat to it, a i really liked it

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Brian Purdy 14 January 2012

What splendid fun perpetrated by the inestimable Mr. Lear. Sure, 'nonsense' makes the heart grow fonder, what's the use to sulk and ponder, let imagination skitter, lest our beer turn somewhat bitter, open minds and baggy trousers, read me right, thou soggy browsers.

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Lakshana 08 December 2020

It’s a fantastic poem

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Shmdfkc 23 September 2020

With her poem

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Mahtab Bangalee 20 February 2020

It's a tribute writing// greatly written

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Edward Lear

Edward Lear

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