The Learing One


I play with people by way of the word

If you haven’t seen, I’m sure you’ve heard

A little rhyme, something taboo

Anything I can to unsettle you

I’m always up for a bit of fun

I’m not fussy, I’ll fuck with anyone



Edward Lear

Born: May 12, 1812

Died: January 29, 1888


Was an English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet, now known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose and especially his limericks, a form he popularised.


16 thoughts on “The Learing One

    1. A great man. I’m going past the library today to pick up a copy of the complete nonsense.
      Thank you, you are too kind. I’m not even a hero to my children 🀣
      You are more of a hero than I. You have the courage to put your heart on paper.
      Any smile I can get from you makes it all worth it πŸ˜‰πŸ’š

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      1. Aww, you’re too sweet! 😁
        Chuffed your going to pick up some more Lear – you’ll love it!!
        Heartened to read someone else still uses libraries too in this digital age!! There’s so much about actual books that is lost on the kindle generation! πŸ™„πŸ–€

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      2. I only of his limericks and music. Hope to find inspiration.
        I’m at the library a few times a week, nothing beats browsing the stacks. Kids choose books as well, that way I’m not stuck reading the same stories over and over.
        I doubt I will ever own a kindle πŸ€”πŸ’š

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  1. I love libraries too — and I can’t wait till they open: any day now, I hear. And I love Edward Lear because his poetry is strange, adventurous — I’m thinking of the longer poems — and accessible πŸ™‚

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    1. Same here. This week they say. Fingers crossed.
      I initially grabbed his collection for the limericks but I’ve found myself enjoying the longer forms much more. He wrote they way he lived, a beautifully odd man.

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  2. My mum read Edward Lear to me when I was a kid! πŸ™‚ I loved the Jumblies and the Dong with the Luminous Nose. I still have a copy of his nonsense collection but never managed to get my kids interested in them. 😦

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    1. You’re so lucky. My parents weren’t big readers. So I wasn’t exposed to anything of the kind until I found it myself.
      I love his limericks but they go way over my short children’s heads. So, yeah, Lear didn’t go down so well the first time. Suess works a charm. Gone through most the catalogue. Maybe another year and we will try Lear again.


      1. My mum could recite a lot of Edward Lear, and we used to play rhyming games on car trips.
        She also had a few shelves of classics that I worked my way through without her realising it – including some stuff that was really not age appropriate at the time (eg Lolita).
        My boys (12yr olds) took a long time to get into reading at all, and now they mainly read non-fiction and give me endless lectures on the merits of different battleships. They both hate poetry. 😦 I’m hoping my youngest develops better taste, but so far she hasn’t shown much interest in anything other than really dire books about fairies. Enjoy the Seuss while you can!

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      2. That sounds fun. Much better than the years of eye spy I suffered through.
        My parents limited bookcase housed mostly common paperback and the same encyclopedias every Australian family was wrangled into buying.
        Wow Lolita would be to much for me now.
        I remember my first taste was a collection of gothic horror stories, lovecraft, poe, hawthorne, Wells etc, from my grandmother when I was about 10. Love her to bits. She always has a dozen books with her.
        Boys and their battleships. My oldest is only starting to read now. We go to the library every week. Always books about. Fingers crossed.
        Not sure how old your daughter is but you could try Eliots cats πŸ€”


  3. I have too many books… And they just keep accumulating. There is a fantastic second hand book fair in Canberra a couple of times a year to raise money for a charity, where you can get a big bag of books for $20. And Canberra being the city that it is (government, several universities) there are always lots of really interesting books – it fills the exhibition halls. I usually buy a couple of bags of fiction and poetry that looks interesting, read my way through them, try not to keep more than a few that I think I will read again or the kids will eventually read, and return the rest for the next sale. It’s my equivalent of a library, but I don’t have to worry about dropping the books in the bath. Not running this year because of COVID 😦
    Good idea on Eliot’s cats – I have a couple of volumes of his! Prufrock is one of my favourite poems, and a “go to” πŸ™‚

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    1. I miss book fairs. Not much of a market for English books here, least not enough to have a fair.
      Canberra would be an interesting melting pot of characters.
      My bookshelves are already full so it’s library until I buy more bookshelves.
      Covid had our libraries closed for months. It was a joyful day when they reopened. You guys have it a lot worse then we do. The restrictions in oz are crazy.
      Prufrock is lovely, playful and beautiful, from what I remember. Been a while.
      Good luck with cats πŸ˜‰ couldnt go any worse than the film. I’ve heard people saying the film caused Covid πŸ˜‚


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