Edward Lear

(12 May 1812 – 29 January 1888 / London / England)

How Pleasant To Know Mr. Lear

Poem by Edward 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.

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!


Comments about How Pleasant To Know Mr. Lear by Edward Lear

  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (2/20/2020 4:03:00 AM)

    It's a tribute writing// greatly written(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/26/2019 12:45:00 AM)

    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.

    IT'S BEAUTIFUL POEM
    WANNA IN MY FAV LIST
    GREAT 10++++(Report)Reply

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  • Londis CarpenterLondis Carpenter (11/29/2017 7:13:00 AM)

    I love autobios and this one is a hoot. I believe I do know Mr. Lear, in spirit, at least.(Report)Reply

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  • Dare lowther (11/24/2017 8:12:00 AM)

    A very humerus poem!(Report)Reply

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  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (9/2/2016 2:30:00 AM)

    Beautiful depiction well brought forth in good rhyme scheme. A lovely poem indeed.(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (2/7/2016 3:09:00 PM)

    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(Report)Reply

    Susan WilliamsSusan Williams(2/15/2018 4:50:00 PM)

    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 ;)

    Rod MendietaRod Mendieta(9/29/2017 6:55:00 PM)

    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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  • Kim BarneyKim Barney (2/7/2016 10:10:00 AM)

    I would indeed like to have known him. His poems were almost always humorous and he was a master of the limerick.(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (2/7/2016 7:49:00 AM)

    ..........very nicely penned, and easy to imagine Mr. Lear loves books ★(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (2/7/2016 4:18:00 AM)

    Marvelous portrayal of the persona of Mr. Lear, with minutest details, presenting him as a lovable entity. the poem is captivating too. Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (2/7/2016 1:30:00 AM)

    With the pleasure of nature. Nice work.(Report)Reply

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  • Sharon Goodsall (3/11/2013 9:29:00 AM)

    Mr Leah, if only I had kown thee(Report)Reply

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  • Brian Purdy (1/14/2012 9:42:00 AM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Julie Senborne (5/1/2006 6:24:00 PM)

    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(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003