Posted in October 2012

The Daddy Long-Legs and the Fly

The Daddy Long-Legs and the Fly

Another Lear poem, another little nonsense poem. About a fly and a daddy long-legs… Continue reading

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Lear’s Recipe for Amblongus Pie

THREE RECEIPTS FOR DOMESTIC COOKERY (from http://www.nonsenselit.org) TO MAKE AN AMBLONGUS PIE Take 4 pounds (say 4 1/2 pounds) of fresh Amblongusses, and put them in a small pipkin. Cover them with water and boil them for 8 hours incessantly, after which add 2 pints of new milk, and proceed to boil for 4 hours more. When you … Continue reading

A Nonsense Alphabet, published posthumously, 1952

A Nonsense Alphabet, published posthumously, 1952

Another Nonsense Alphabet is not as brilliant as most of Edward Lear’s work. It resembles a zine, cheap and quickly constructed. The pictures are rough, fast sketches, less lively than his limericks or pseudo biology and botany. The comedy isn’t at its peak, the nonsense isn’t at it’s peak. Not bad stuff, per se, just not as particularly sharp as his other work. So why do I include it here among the best of his work? Well… Continue reading