The Book of Nonsense

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DigiCat, 28. maí 2022 - 11 síđur
The Book of Nonsense, first published in 1846, stands alone as the ultimate and most loved expression in English of freewheeling, benign, and unconstricted merriment. The poems of the book tell the stories of the owls, hen, larks, and their nests in his beard, and other fey fauna and peculiar persons. They all inhabit the uniquely inspired nonsense rhymes and drawings of Lear, who was a 20th child of a London stockbroker.

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Edward Lear (1812-1888), an English artist, writer, and illustrator, is predominantly recognized for his literary nonsense and whimsical poetry, which have charmed both adults and children alike. Born in Holloway and the 21st child of a stockbroker's family, Lear found early success as an ornithological draughtsman before transitioning to landscape painting and travel writing. However, it is 'The Book of Nonsense' (1846), a collection of limericks that established his enduring legacy as a beloved nonsense poet. Lear's distinct literary style blends absurdity with a strict adherence to rhythm and form, creating an amusing counterpoint between the nonsensical content and the traditional limerick structure. His works harbor a sense of melancholy beneath their playful surface, reflecting perhaps his own struggles with health and an enduring sense of isolation despite his social circle including luminaries like Alfred Tennyson. His creative output has significantly influenced the genre of nonsense poetry and left an indelible mark on children's literature. Lear never married and had no children of his own, but his literary children—nonsensical characters and fanciful landscapes—continue to inhabit the imaginations of readers around the world.

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