Friday, March 7, 2014

Edward Lear

About the poet
Edward Lear (12 May 1812 – 29 January 1888):
Edward Lear was a British artist, illustrator, author, and poet, renowned today primarily for his literary nonsense, in poetry and prose. In his childhood he suffered from ill health. After a long decline in health, he died of heart disease. His principal areas of work as an artist were threefold: as a draughtsman employed to illustrate birds and animals; making coloured drawings during his journeys; as an author, Lear is principally known for his popular nonsense works, rather than as a travel writer. These show a great ability to use with relish the sound of real and invented English words. The poem ‘The Duck and the Kangaroo’ is a poem with a touch of light humour.

Poems by Edward Lear

The Dong with a Luminous Nose
The Jumblies
The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
The Quangle Wangle's Hat
The Table and the Chair

There was an Old Man of Thermopylæ
There was an Old Man on the Border
There was an Old Man with a Beard
There was an Old Person of Nice

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