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Edward Lear

This post is for the Middle Primary Class at ISOCS, who are investigating poetry.

Photo from Wikipedia
"There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, 'It is just as I feared!
Two Owls and a Hen, four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!'"

(From A Book of Nonsense, by Edward Lear)

Today is the anniversary of the death of Edward Lear (12 May 1812 – 29 January 1888), an English artist, illustrator, author, and poet, renowned today primarily for his literary nonsense, in poetry and prose, and especially his limericks, a form that he popularized.  You can read about his life and work on Wikipedia.

You can read Lear's "Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany and Alphabets" on The Children's Library web page or at Project Guttenberg, and also download it as an epub file, for a Kindle, and several other e-book formats.

You can listen to a recording at Librivox.org,  download the mp3 files, or subscribe to them in iTunes.  (There's also an iPad app.)

One of the best known of Lear's poems is "The Owl and the Pussycat"

From "The Owl and the Pussycat"
Listen to a sample of the Librivox recording here (Read by Adrian Praetzellis):


Saturday, 12 May 2012 will be Lear's 200th Birthday.  There are several events planned - if you would like to celebrate, consult the Edward Lear Home Page, "A Blog of Bosh".