The Owl And The Pussy-Cat Poem by Edward Lear

The Owl And The Pussy-Cat

Rating: 3.5


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 OF THE POEM
Monica Engeler 31 March 2006

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

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Steve 25 April 2019

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

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Aya Steven 18 October 2005

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

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Kim Barney 12 June 2015

Kind of great? Never heard that before!

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M Asim Nehal 23 November 2016

A fantastic marriage story.....

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Bharati Nayak 29 March 2021

Lovely poem that takes me to my childhood days! It is really how innocently children believe that animals talk to one another and an owl and a cat can marry and they need a wedding ring.Loved Edward Lear's poems.

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mr. ssssp yan 05 January 2021

very good poem for kids

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Jude P. 04 February 2020

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.

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Jude P. 04 February 2020

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.

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Rhoda Simpson 27 October 2019

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.

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