Edward Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussycat”

The Owl and the Pussycat (illustration from nonsenselit.org)

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 ).

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