W. Holman Hunt-Walker Art Gallery Liverpool
Edward Lear was born on 12 May 1812, the twentieth of twenty one children, and one of the few to survive his infancy. He is known as an English artist, illustrator, author and humorist. As an artist, he first became known for his paintings of birds and, later, for his landscapes.
|Birds for John Gould by Edward Lear|
He travelled in Italy, Greece, India and Egypt and published books of his travels with his own illustrations.
|Tallygunge, Calcutta (1877)|
Mackelvie Trust Collect
In 1846, Lear published A Book of Nonsense, which was well-received in his lifetime and he popularized the limerick form.
Another well-know nonsense poem is The Owl and the Pussycat.
Lear's nonsense works are distinguished by a facility of verbal invention and a poet's delight in the sounds of words, both real and imaginary. A stuffed rhinoceros becomes a "diaphanous doorscraper". A "blue Boss-Woss" plunges into "a perpendicular, spicular, orbicular, quadrangular, circular depth of soft mud". His heroes are Quangle-Wangles, Pobbles, and Jumblies. His most famous piece of verbal invention, the phrase "runcible spoon", occurs in the closing lines of The Owl and the Pussycat, and is now found in many English dictionaries. (wiki)
|From A Book of Nonsense (1849)|
Our challenge today is to write a poem based in some part on the work of Edward Lear. Whether you choose nonsense verse, limerick or opt for an ekphrasis piece inspired by one of his paintings or illustrations is left entirely up to you. I would encourage you to browse through his artworks, as they are many and varied.
The Sunday Challenge is posted on Saturday at noon CST to allow extra time for the creative process, so please do not link up old work which kind of fits an image. This is in the spirit of our Real Toads project to create opportunities for poets to be newly inspired. Management reserves the right to remove unrelated links but invites you to share a poem of your choice on Open Link Monday.