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Sunday, July 08, 2012

Anecdote of Edward Lear

'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.

In pitch darkness, after a fifteen hours' journey in Greece, he went to sit on a rock but sat on a cow. He remarked cheerfully, "There was an old man who said / Now I'll sit down on the horns of that cow..."
     --Peter Levi, The Art of Poetry

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4 comments:

  1. Just a little spontaneous response to the vagaries of the universe--stones turning out to be cows and so on. I love Edward Lear...

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  2. Posted for Mary B:

    Dern thing would not post to FB--alas!


    On 7/10/2012 10:15 AM, Mary Bullington wrote:
    http://www.itsbullfrog.com/guests/lear/limericks.htm



    There was an Old Person of Ware
    Who rode on the back of a Bear;
    When they ask'd, 'Does it trot?'
    He said, 'Certainly not!
    He's a Moppsikon Floppsikon Bear!'

    I illustrated this once, in cayola and black pen--wish I had a photo.

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  3. Eep, just realized you were trying to post to facebook! Oh, well.

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Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.