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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Top 10 most used topics by Edward Lear

Person 214 Limerick 123 Book 118 Young 106 Lady 94 Never 41 Head 41 Large 40 Long 40 Blue 38


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  • Mulberrycorfu: the beauty of the villages here is something not to be described -for no place in the world is so lovely, i think. edward lear, the corfu years old perithia
  • Spookylib: julia donaldson: ‘edward lear taught me that there can be a lyrical beauty in nonsense’
  • Mulberrycorfu: the same perfect weather. hardly a cloud in all the sky: every crag and wrinkle of salvador, every sail & boat, reflected clear and calm in the bright sea. edward lear, 1863, the corfu years
  • Jhackenbush: masks to the max, if vaccines were wild horses we'd be slaughtering them, because that's what we've started to do to the horses again. yes, i'm starting to channel edward lear, that's what the present era has done to me.
  • Jsavagetweets: my work has just been compared to edward lear. which for a journalist is....interesting.
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The splendid vestments, and the sounding choir;
The gentle sigh of soul-subduing piety;
The alms which open-hearted charity
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Which e'en stern avarice.
Though with unwilling hand,
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