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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

Took away 2 stars because contrary to the title of the book, some verses actually made sense!

Such silliness! I remember this as having been printed in its entirety in a Better Homes & Gardens (I think) children's anthology now infamous for also having contained "Little Black Sambo."
I saw one on ebay a couple of years ago for over $100.
The Edward Lear book was probably my second exposure t

Before I begin my review, I wish to try my hand at the art of the limerick. Trust me, people, it's not that easy to write a limerick. And I have that to say to those who rated these limericks and beautifully rhymed and phrased nonsense songs anything less than four stars.

So, here I go:

"I have a jar

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).

When I was a child, I enjoyed Lear, but I read only a poem or two at a time. This book was "way too much of a good thing." If I ever read another "There was an old man from" or "There was an old person from" poem again, it will be too soon. He had several alphabets. Many used the same thing for the

Reading this as a child, I absolutely loved this. A decade or so later, I think the author must have been on drugs.
I'm blaming this book for the start of the corruption of my sanity.


Misery loves drollery!

So seems to have said the Victorian gent Edward Lear, who was plagued by major illnesses all of his life...

Grand mal epilepsy, asthma,

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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