Tag Archives: Limerick

There was an Old Man with a Book

There was an old man with a Book — Who said, “Only look! Only look! — “Obsquation, — obsgration, — “At Waterloo station — Enquire if there ain’t such a book!” Limerick on the publication of Edward Lear’s Views in … Continue reading

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After Edward Lear

Group of three drawings with limericks, c1880. All in pen and ink, annotated either “5”, “10” or “11” in pencil in upper right corner, 18.7 x 26.7cm (paper). Stains, foxing and soiling overall, tears to edges, portions of paper corroded … Continue reading

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The Wisdom of Nonsense

WELL-TIMED nonsense is the divinest sense. In the current number of the Cornhill Magazine Canon Selwyn publishes some of the later letters of Edward Lear, and suggests that as the realm of sense is infinite, and as the realm of nonsense … Continue reading

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A Few Links

I have been checking and fixing a few links in the bibliography pages and added a new, interesting article to the Studies on Edward Lear page: Antinucci, Raffaella. “‘Sensational Nonsense.’ Edward Lear and the (Im)purity of Nonsense Writing.” English Literature … Continue reading

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The Archbishop of Dublin (NOT a Lear Limerick)

There was an Archbishop of Dublin Whom corns were incessantly troubling Till one night he arose And stuck pins in his toes Which assuaged that Archbishop of Dublin. This was listed on at a Sotheby’s auction as one in a … Continue reading

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There Was an Old Man of Cape Horn…

A variant version of both illustration and verse for ‘There was an Old Man of Cape Horn’. As first published in the 1846 edition of A Book of Nonsense, the limerick concludes “So he sat on a chair, till he … Continue reading

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Edward Lear and Edward Gibbon

On 2 January 1882 Edward Lear wrote in his diary that he “took a Gibbon’s Rise & Fall up to Mrs. Welfords” and then at the bottom of the page added a limerick obviously inspired by this event: the poem … Continue reading

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