To celebrate the bicentenary year of Edward Lear’s ( poet, author, artist and scientific illustrator ) birth ( 1812-1888 ) the Royal Society is hosting a free exhibition of his zoological illustrations ( including drawings and lithographs ). See Guardian article here. Be sure to click on the YouTube link at the bottom of the article to see a charmingly illustrated, musical rendition of “The Owl and the Pussycat” performed by The Sci-Fi Opera.
For me, Lear’s poem harkens back to a more innocent, sweeter time when, as a child, poetry was a pure joy and pleasure to read.
To read “The Owl and the Pussycat,” click here ( poetryfoundation.org ).