The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense The absurd and fanciful verses of Edward Lear from The Owl and the Pussy cat to The Jumblies from The Scroobious Pip to countless limericks have enchanted generations of readers children and adults

  • Title: The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense
  • Author: Edward Lear Vivien Noakes
  • ISBN: 9780142002278
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Paperback
  • The absurd and fanciful verses of Edward Lear from The Owl and the Pussy cat to The Jumblies, from The Scroobious Pip to countless limericks have enchanted generations of readers, children and adults alike This delightful collection, the most comprehensive ever compiled of his work, presents all of Lear s verse and other nonsense writings, including stories, lettersThe absurd and fanciful verses of Edward Lear from The Owl and the Pussy cat to The Jumblies, from The Scroobious Pip to countless limericks have enchanted generations of readers, children and adults alike This delightful collection, the most comprehensive ever compiled of his work, presents all of Lear s verse and other nonsense writings, including stories, letters, and illustrated alphabets, as well as previously unpublished material Featuring Lear s own line drawings throughout and an introduction by leading Lear authority Vivien Noakes, this captivating volume reveals a complex man of ample talents, achievements, and influence and is teeming with timeless nonsense.

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    1. The inventor of the limerick. In fact, his limericks are disappointing, not because they're rated G (they are), but because the last line is always a repeat of the first line. The one about the girl from Nantucket gives you a punch line instead of repeat. A little more vim that way. Best known for The Owl and The PussyCat, Lear is at his best when he is that rarest of things, funny and sad at the same time. The Jumblies, The Dong with the Luminous Nose, The Pelican Chorus, are all heartbreaking [...]

    2. I like nonsense because sometimes it makes sense. I think the best thing about this book is they kept Mr. Lear's illustrations. My favorite poem is still Owl and the Pussycat, but found some others I liked too. I hope you like limericks because this book has a ton of limericksybe too many. I think fans of Dr. Seuss and Lewis Carroll would love this book too.

    3. If your children have a taste for macabre, buy it for them and read it together and draw it. See if you can out-wild and out-silly the author.

    4. I had fond memories of memorising poems by Edward Lear at school but obviously they picked out the best ones for us. En masse I found his work tiresome, there are pages and pages of limericks that are virtually the same and his alphabets are not much better. It was interesting to learn a little more about his life. I didn't know he was the 20th child! He was also a talented artist and was drawing master to Queen Victoria. There are a couple of coloured plates included in the book of his nature d [...]

    5. I grew up with this book of Victorian nonsense, thanks to my grandmother. Its alphabets are still hard to beat, as are the words and wordplay in very many of its poems. Several of the few poems I know by heart are from Lear.

    6. Lear’s compendium of small jokes and assorted nonsense is delightfully funny, and anticipated the comedy of countless generations that depend on the ridiculous. He sums up this philosophy in a quote to be found in the wonderfully written introduction to this volume: ‘Nonsense is the breath of my nostrils’, he wrote. It is a philosophy as much as a genre. For him it was a response to ‘this ludicrously whirligig life which one suffers from first & laughs at afterwards’. Lear himself [...]

    7. How pleasant to know Mr. Lear!Who has written such volumes of stuff!Some think him ill-tempered and queer,But a few think him pleasant enough."-"The Self-portrait of the Laureate of Nonsense"Yes, how pleasant to know Mr. Lear, indeed! This collection contains the poems that made Edward Lear famous, which are complete and utter nonsense, as he himself praises. Truly, this stuff makes absolutely zero sense. It is Victorian gobbledygook at its finest, although I fail to think of anybody else that d [...]

    8. The 2004 theatrical release of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy set the literary world on its ear and in search of landmark absurdum. Less ponderous than Lewis Carroll and easier to read than James Joyce, the Victorian illustrator, writer, and yes, absurdist, Edward Lear (1812-1888) fit the bill for many. Fortunately Lear's "The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense" collects nearly all of Lear's output, including his published works, letters and many drawings.Lear will strike the reader as hil [...]

    9. Oh this book! This book holds great sentimental value to me because my family has been reading it for four generations. I read it to Logan, my dad read it to my siblings and I, my grandfather read it to my dad, and my great-grandfather dad read it to my grandfather. The pure silliness is just fabulous! It is especially great considering that children's literature was not a big genera like it is today. I would have loved to meet Leer because he is so crazy and imaginative. I can only imagine what [...]

    10. Lear is a master of the limerick and humorous poetry. My dad bought an older edition for us when we were kids and I was brought up on these nonsense rhymes and strange but endearingly funny illustrations. "The Owl and the Pussycat" will always have a special place in my heart because my grandma would recite it to me with a grin shortly after singing Eidelweiss or some other song. It's really no surprise that Lear was an inspiration to so many.

    11. 'the owl and the pussycat' will always be a favorite. you can probably skip the limericks; although they were made popular by lear, his re-use of the first line as the last line keeps the nonsense from becoming clever.

    12. Had this book as a child aged about 8. Loved it. Would read it again and again. I can still remember some of the lines from certain poems like the Jumblies. My edition had beautiful illustrations too.

    13. Overall pretty good. I have to say though that the standards for what makes a good limerick have come a long way since Lear's time.

    14. Among Mr. Lear's characters, I really do most sincerely appreciate Violet, Lionel, Guy, and Slingsby.

    15. If you like limericks this is the book for you. I thought it was a lot of fun. And a good reference to get the beat down for your own efforts at limericks.

    16. Lear's best poems are good; the problem is that there are so few of them among all the work he produced.

    17. I bow to my 19th century mentor. 4 of his characters kindly visited the pages of my story, RAKARA.

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