Edward Lear

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

The Owl And The Pussy-Cat

Poem by Edward Lear

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.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
'O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!'

Pussy said to the Owl, 'You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?'
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

'Dear pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?' Said the Piggy, 'I will.'
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.


Comments about The Owl And The Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear

  • Jude P. (2/4/2020 8:52:00 PM)

    I'm not normally very good at " seeing" a picture of a poem, but even without a picture book, I can see this. It's one of my favourite poems and my cat purrs when I recite it to him. He's not so keen on " Jabberwocky" though, which is also one of my favourites.(Report)Reply

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  • Jude P. (2/4/2020 8:38:00 PM)

    I'm not generally very good at " seeing" a poem through its words, but this one really makes pictures in my mind. It's one of my favourite poems and my cat purrs when I recite it to him.(Report)Reply

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  • Rhoda Simpson (10/27/2019 3:44:00 PM)

    First heard this poem in grade school. Remberef most of it sorry the don't read poems in school anymore.children are missing a lot of good things in school today. I rembered it and I am 82 years young.(Report)Reply

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  • paige (5/27/2019 3:25:00 PM)

    so lovely. makes me remember my mom reading it to me. and then i read it to my children.(Report)Reply

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  • Paul AmrodPaul Amrod (4/29/2019 5:19:00 PM)

    I read this poem in the first class with Miss Karen Cullen. She was my first grade teacher in 1957. She allowed me, as a left handed person, to turn my paper to the other side. God bless her and Edward Lear.(Report)Reply

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  • Paul AmrodPaul Amrod (4/29/2019 5:17:00 PM)

    I read this poem in the first class with Miss Karen Cullen. She was my first grade teacher in 1957. She allowed me, as a left handed person, to turn my parer to the other side. God bless her and Edward Lear.(Report)Reply

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  • lebr0n james (1/11/2019 8:07:00 AM)

    a real classic poem so beautifull(Report)Reply

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  • the caterpiller (9/17/2018 11:16:00 AM)

    hello, all the commenter(Report)Reply

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  • ajaxalan (5/18/2018 2:22:00 AM)

    All good. and I loved the cat one.(Report)Reply

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  • Rod MendietaRod Mendieta (9/29/2017 7:00:00 PM)

    One of the best nonsense poems ever. Just clean, plain wacky fun!(Report)Reply

    Susan WilliamsSusan Williams(2/15/2018 4:55:00 PM)

    I came. I read. I really enjoyed the ending, my dear Rod!

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  • Rod MendietaRod Mendieta (9/29/2017 6:44:00 PM)

    Why, sure it is a beauty! It's a classic! I'm sure all Brits have heard it before at least once. I remember there was a stage version performed on a river barge at the time of the London Olympics. I love it for many reasons, not the least because it's just plain fun in its inimitable naive way.(Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (11/23/2016 4:42:00 AM)

    A fantastic marriage story.....(Report)Reply

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  • Monica Engeler (3/31/2006 5:03:00 PM)

    This was a great poem. Reminds me of the fairytales I read as I was growing up. Lots of fun to read. Your a great story teller.

    Monica(Report)Reply

    Steve(4/25/2019 5:31:00 PM)

    He died in the 19th century, so there's no point addressing him directly.

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  • Aya Steven (10/18/2005 7:57:00 AM)

    I like this poem very much and I recommend it for any humourous poetry lovers and its kind of great for reciting.(Report)Reply

    Kim BarneyKim Barney(6/12/2015 9:26:00 PM)

    Kind of great? Never heard that before!

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Wednesday, November 26, 2014


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