Friday, December 5, 2008

Poetry Friday: Edward Lear, The Owl and the Pussycat

Joan and I thought we'd celebrate Poetry Friday at readertotz. For our first Friday, I'm going to indulge myself with Edward Lear's poem from 1871. This was my first ever favorite poem of my life. You can ask my mother. ;~) Enjoy it with your readertotz!

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The Owl and the Pussycat

by Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are, you are, you are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are."

Pussy said to the Owl "You elegant fowl,
How charmingly sweet you sing.
O let us be married, too long we have tarried;
But what shall we do for a ring?"
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows,
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose, his nose, his nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will"
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
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, the moon, the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

Catch the full Poetry Friday roundup at Mommy's Favorite Children's Books.

Lorie Ann Grover ~author/illustrator


Kelly Fineman said...

Lear rocks.

Joan Holub said...

I'd never read the entire poem. Thanks, Lorie Ann!

Julie said...

Just want to say thanks for this great new blog focusing on infant/toddler books AND a special thanks for linking to Powell's (a great independent bookstore) instead of Amazon!
I have readertotz linked now over at The Drift Record

Little Willow said...

I've always liked this because it has a cat. Duh. :)

BGurung said...

I am LOVING readertotz, Lorie Ann! You and your team saw a need - well done.

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Thanks so much for the link, Julie. And we love Powell's!

But of course, the cat, Little Willow!

Thanks again, Brenda! And to everyone for the warm welcome.

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