What is the most popular poem by Edward Lear?
Edward Lear wrote tons of nonsense verse and limericks. His most well-known and recognized (because it appears so frequently in children's collections) is probably "The Owl and the Pussycat."
The Owl and the Pussycat
The owl and the pussycat went to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat
They took some honey and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The owl looked up to the stars above and sang to a small guitar,
"Oh, lovely pussy, oh pussy my love,
What a beautiful pussy you are, you are, you are,
What a beautiful pussy you are." Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl,
How charmingly sweet you sing!
Oh! let us be married too long we have tarried
But what shall we do for a ring?"
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong Tree grows,
And there in a wood a piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose, his nose, his nose,
A ring at the end of his nose. Said the owl, "Are you willing to sell, for one shilling, your ring?"
Said the piggy, "I will".
So they took it away and were married next day
By the turkey who lived on the hill.
They dined on quince-and slices of mince,
Served up with a runcible spoon
And hand in hand, by the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon. -Edward Lear
He didn't, "The Owl and the Pussycat" was written in the late 1890s by English "nonsense poet" Edward Lear Roald Dahl did write a spoof of "The Owl and The Pussycat", but the poem was actually written by English nonsense poet, Edward Lear, in December of 1867, for the three year old Janet Symonds, the sick little girl of a friend. "The Owl and The Pussycat" was first published in book form in 1871.
The limerick has a long and complicated history as a verseform which no scholar has ever seen fit to research. The English form has clear and unignorable similarities both with the Russian Chashtushka and the Welsh Englyn - and may well have a history reaching back as far as Roman imperial funerary inscriptions. The limerick was already known as a popular - and frequently obscene - verse form when Edward Lear adopted it to drawing-room…
The limerick has a long and complex history - it is possible that it originates in Late Empire Roman funerary inscriptions. It became a popular form in English mainstream writing after its adoption by Edward Lear from 1845 on. Lear was untypical of limericists - his limericks nearly always repeated the first line as line five, and they were never scatalogical or risqué. The most important writer on the limerich after Lear is probably Gershon…
There was an old man from Peru, Who dreamed he was eating his shoe. He woke in the night with a terrible fright, And found it was perfectly true. Most limericks are anonymous apart from those of Edward Lear, which some would argue aren't really limericks. It's nearly impossible to pin down the author of any particular limerick. I hope someone can be of more assistance here.