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Nonsense Songs, Stories

Edward Lear

Book Overview: 

A selection of nonsense poems, songs (not sung!), stories, and miscellaneous strangeness. The work includes the "Owl and the Pussycat" and a recipe for Amblongus Pie, which begins "Take 4 pounds (say 4½ pounds) of fresh ablongusses and put them in a small pipkin."

Edward Lear was an English writer, poet, cat-lover, and illustrator .

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .To the Sole and the Sprat, And the Willeby-wat:

But he never came back to me;
He never came back, He never came back, He never came back to me.


Calico ban, The little Mice ran To be ready in time for tea;
Flippity flup, They drank it all up, And danced in the cup: But they never came back to me;
They never came back, They never came back, They never came back to me


Calico drum, The Grasshoppers come, The Butterfly, Beetle, and Bee,
Over the ground, Around and round, With a hop and a bound;

But they never came back,
They never came back, They never came back. They never came back to me.

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Community Reviews

There was a young man named Ed Lear,
Whose verses could bring on a tear,
And they were ever so funny
Plus he wrote them for money,
But you'll laugh at them all, never fear!

Oh, that Eddie. You know he drove his people crazy with all of his limericks. . . .

I have to read his stuff every few years to remind myself that one really can overdo. My first memorized poem was the Owl and the Pussycat.

5 stars (and one runcible spoon. . .which is now known as a spork).

Nonsense Botany :D

IF you want to escape from the world of the mundane into the humorous look no further than picking up a copy of Edward Lear’s The Book of Nonsense and Nonsense Songs.
Lear was the inventor of the Limerick. The first time I read one was probably in 1964 or 1965 when I borrowed a friend’s English text

I grew up reading A Book of Nonsense, which left me with a permanent weakness for limericks. (It's possible that there were other side-effects too). Here's my favourite Lear:There was an old man of Thermopylae
Who never did anything properly
But they said, if you choose
To boil eggs in your shoes
You wi

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