Who is Edward Lear

Edward Lear (12 May 1812, Holloway – 29 January 1888, Sanremo) was an English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet, now known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose and especially his limericks, a form he popularised. 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, which he reworked later, sometimes as plates for his travel books; as a (minor) illustrator of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poems. As an author, he is known principally for his popular nonsense collections of poems, songs, short stories, botanical drawings, recipes, and alphabets. He also composed and published twelve musical settings of Tennyson's poetry.

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Edward Lear Poems

  • More Nonsense Limerick 30
    There was a young person in red,
    Who carefully covered her head,
    With a bonnet of leather,
    And three lines of feather, ...
  • Book Of Nonsense Limerick 38
    There was an Old Man of Quebec,
    A beetle ran over his neck;
    But he cried, "With a needle,
    I'll slay you, O beadle!" ...
  • More Nonsense Limerick 69
    There was an old person in gray,
    Whose feelings were tinged with dismay;
    She purchased two parrots,
    And fed them with carrots, ...
  • Book Of Nonsense Limerick 60
    There was an Old Man of the South,
    Who had an immoderate mouth;
    But in swallowing a dish,
    That was quite full of fish, ...
  • Book Of Nonsense Limerick 69
    There was an Old Man of Coblenz,
    The length of whose legs was immense;
    He went with one prance,
    From Turkey to France, ...
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Person 214 Limerick 123 Book 118 Young 106 Lady 94 Never 41 Head 41 Large 40 Long 40 Blue 38


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  • Rhys_needham: gilbert the goose is a funny novelty comedy track, an ode to music hall and cockney ballads, with lyrics harking back to the surrealist and nonsense traditions of andre breton, edward lear, and stanley unwin.
  • Hrh_duke_of_url: i'm no edward lear, but i'm pretty sure you could conjure a decent limerick or two out of johnson's nonsense.
  • 1inhalfabillion: welsh signage in the boots baby and child section had my canadian wife baffled today. "what on earth is a babanodaphlant? sounds like an animal invented by edward lear."
  • Geoffreydmorri1: book haul while traveling - a logic book, an annie dillard reader, and edward lear. the lear in particular has me excited because i nearly bought one in another bookstore ages ago and have been kicking myself ever since.
  • Ncdominie: my attempts have faltered because i can't think of foss as the name of anyone other than edward lear's cat. it seems unlikely that a crucial decision for our pension scheme has been based on edward lear's oh whom am i kidding it's as likely as anything else isn't it?
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