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The Courtship Of The Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo

Rating: 3.1

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On the Coast of Coromandel
Where the early pumpkins blow,
In the middle of the woods
Lived the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bò.
Two old chairs, and half a candle,--
One old jug without a handle,--
These were all his worldly goods:
In the middle of the woods,

These were all the worldly goods,
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Edward Halliday 21 October 2009

Although this is a 'nonsense' poem, and a humorous poem, it is also one of the saddest poems I have ever read. Edward Lear shows his true brilliance here by crafting an ostensibly nonsensical story which says a lot about human nature and relationships, particularly the way people value material goods over true affection, at least until they become aware of what they have lost.

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