Edward Lear

Literary Birthday – 12 May – Edward Lear

Edward Lear was born 12 May 1812 and died 29 January 1888.


  1. There was an old man with a beard, who said: ‘It is just as I feared! Two owls and a hen, four larks and a wren have all built their nests in my beard.
  2. It takes a long time to make a painter – even with a good artist’s education – but without one it tries the patience of Job; it is a great thing if one does not go backward.
  3. They dined on mince, and slices of quince, Which they ate with a runcible spoon; And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, They danced by the light of the moon.

Edward Lear was an English author, poet, artist, illustrator, and musician. He is widely known for his nonsense verse and as someone who popularised the limerick. As an author, he created collections of poems, songs, short stories, recipes and alphabets. He also composed and published twelve musical settings of Tennyson’s poetry. Lear published three volumes of bird and animal drawings, seven illustrated travel books, and four books of nonsense, including A Book of Nonsense.

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 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 11th May 2020