Who is Edward Lear

Edward Lear (12 May 1812 – 29 January 1888) was an English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet, who is 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 make illustrations of birds and animals; making coloured drawings during his journeys, which he reworked later, sometimes as plates for his travel books; and 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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Theballadofptm: hello lunatics, the full moon in leo is upon us. we are here tonight to brighten up your february. helping you to own, reclaim, celebrate and love yourself. so come rise with us. and hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, they danced by the light of the moon. —edward lear
Davidkubrick162: "rishi" is an anagram of the word "irish" and his date of birth, may 12, coincides with the celebration of limerick day, a national holiday in ireland that pays tribute to the poet edward lear. rishi sunak's wife is akshata murty, daughter of indian billionaire narayana murthy,
Pfe1307: i loved judi dench’ recital and thumbs up to the wonderful edward lear too.
Gylesb1: a little poetic treat before lights out - courtesy of edward lear & dame judi dench …
Lonelykidsclub: i was inspired by a recent bit of fan mail and wanted to do something special with my muse. featuring an illustration from edward lear's 1888 compilation, 'nonsense books'.
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 by John Milton

Part of an entertainment presented to the Countess Dowager of
Darby at Harefield, by som Noble persons of her Family, who
appear on the Scene in pastoral habit, moving toward the seat
of State with this Song.


Look Nymphs, and Shepherds look,

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