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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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The Beatles and Edward Lear

The first sign of the metamorphosis that was under way in the Beatles’ music came on the group’s first single of 1966, “Paperback Writer” b/w “Rain,” a record that recalled “Can’t Buy Me Love” b/w “You Can’t Do That” in its … Continue reading

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“A Master of the Faux Demotic”

Would you believe this is a characterization of Edward Lear? Miller, Sam. A Strange Kind of Paradise: India Through Foreign Eyes. London: Vintage Books, 2014. 184: Edward Lear, the English illustrator and poet, a master of the faux demotic and … Continue reading

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Syd Barrett and Edward Lear

[Syd Barrett’s Fart Enjoy contains] two pages of cut-up nursery rhymes. One reads: Sprat Locket Patch Lift The Latch. Johnny Shall Have A New Bonnet The other reads: Hark! Jack Was Diddlty Dumpty All Jolly To Market To Buy A … Continue reading

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Nonsense Programmes

As usual for the Christmas period, the BBC has a few Nonsense-related programmes you can listen to while still available on iPlayer Radio: Drama of the Week, which you can download as a podcast, is Jeremy Iron’s reading of T.S. … Continue reading

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John Ashbery, Tuesday Evening (1995)

In case after reading yesterday’s “The Dong with the Luminous Nose” you were wondering, like me, what “a long nonsense poem” by John Ashbery looked / sounded / felt like, here is Tuesday Evening She plundered the fun in his hair. … Continue reading

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Tom Swifty’s Course in Nonsense

Swifty, Tom. A Course in Nonsense: Your Pea-Green Guide to Nonsense Literature. Rotterdam: Brave New Books, 2015. Tom Swifty’s book is exactly what it purports to be, a quick introduction to nonsense literature from ancient Greece to modern times. As … Continue reading

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