Tag Archives: Limerick

Little Bits of Nonsense

Here is another sequence of illustrated limericks that appeared in the early American comics supplements, in this case in the Detroit Free Press of 22 November, 1902. I have been unable to find more instalments. Thanks to Sunday Press Books‘ Peter … Continue reading

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Irish Literary ‘Learics’

I have long thought that the word “learic” was an invention of modrn limerick scholars desperate to find a way to justify the word “limerick,” whose origin as it is applied to Edward Lear’s nonsenses is mysterious, but here is … Continue reading

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An Early Limerick Manuscript

Manuscript. An illustrated book of limericks, circa 1865, 32pp., each with large illustration and limerick beneath in brown ink, some spotting and marks, paper watermarked ‘T & J H 1865’, sheet size 14 x 23cm (5.5 x 9ins), stitching broken … Continue reading

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Northrop Frye on Edward Lear’s Last Lines

July 23, 1932 I read in a book on the limerick the other day by some supercilious ass who talked about Edward Lear as a pioneer but a childish and inane primitive because his first and last lines ended with … Continue reading

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Tom Gauld’s Limerick

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There was an Old Man of Whitehaven…

There was an Old Man of Whitehaven, Who danced a quadrille with a raven; But they said, ‘It’s absurd To encourage this bird!’ So they smashed that Old Man of Whitehaven. From the Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions blog at the Lewis … Continue reading

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“Nonsense!” – Words from Edward Lear, music by Mel Orriss

Festive Flutes and Mel Orriss perform six of Lear’s limericks set to music. Also, form the same event (I suppose): Festive Flutes and Mel Orriss perform “The House That Jack Built” at Cedars Hall, Wells, 4th February 2018.

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Edward Lear Mixes Painting and Nonsense

Matt Bevis has recently brought to my attention the above drawing by Edward Lear in which landscape and nonsense get in some way mixed. The picture is at Tate and the text reads: I Galli The Sirens isles. 12. June. … Continue reading

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Cuthbert Bede’s Limericks

BEDE, Cuthbert, pseud. (Edward Bradley) & HOW, William Walsham, Bishop of Wakefield. (A Collection of 24 Manuscript Limericks, each with an original ink illustration by Cuthbert Bede.) 4to. [1846] Full red roan, blind borders; rather rubbed. The volume contains a note … Continue reading

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Three Limerick Drawings by Edward Lear

Three original pen & ink drawings by Edward Lear, taken from ‘A Book of Nonsense,’ first published in 1846. The drawings have been examined and fully authenticated as Lear’s work by the late Vivien Noakes, the world expert on Edward … Continue reading

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