May 14, 2006

Belated Happy Birthday, Mr. Lear!

I
There was a young lady in Cal,
Who remained very lonely, poor gal!
She wished Edward Lear
Was still living, and near,
She believed he would be her dear pal!

II
Tho' praise always is nice to hear,
Cannot take the full credit, I fear.
For the limerick beat,
Was the stupendous feat,
Of a man named Edward Lear!


12th May was the birth anniversary of Edward Lear - an artist, illustrator and writer known for his nonsensical poetry and his limericks, a form which he popularised.

4 comments:

  1. Padmaja Iyengar6:43 PM

    An ode to Edward Lear

    I

    Let's write something each day,
    Write anything any which way.
    Write atleast one limerick a week
    To keep our brain at its peak
    And thus keep Alzheimer'at bay.

    II

    I write limericks for sheer pleasure
    Ignoring meter n rhyme for good measure
    Limericks, I feel are for enjoyment
    And should'nt be objects of comment
    Or be subject to publisher's pressure!

    (I hope Edward Lear is'nt turning in his grave!!!)

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  2. If Edward Lear turns in his grave
    He appreciates you being brave
    Toying with words
    Unlike the nerds
    Who spend all day playing it safe.

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  3. Padmaja Iyengar8:29 AM

    Thanks qbit! That's very encouraging.

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  4. an interesting exchange, Padmaja and Qbit :-)

    And Padmaja, keep writing and on reading it aloud, you will find that the rhythm follows naturally!

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