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WS Gilbert's Nonsense Poems

W.S. Gilbert never really wrote Nonsense; his Bab Ballads and other collections, while obviously influenced by Edward Lear ― especially in the strongly caricatural style of the pictures accompanying his poems in the early editions – are rather in the humorous narrative tradition of William Cowper’s “Diverting History of John Gilpin” and Thomas Hood’s “Miss Kilmansegg and Her Precious Leg.” 780 more words

Edward Lear

Haiku 145 - Dadaist Haiku

N’borschtiglop!
p’tang duck – szaborng ming
blutznung!

posted for dVerse…where today’s prompt is Dada poetry.  I decided to make a haiku out of a nonsense phrase I’ve been using for a number of years.   13 more words

Poetry

A Little Moomin Lovin'

Cherry-picking from the Guardian’s Culture section this morning reminded us of one of our favourite library finds.

. . . just remembering the joy of reading words like ‘Moomintroll’ and ‘Moominmama’ with my children.  225 more words

Babies And Toddlers

Limericks!

A quick note on a few studies on the limerick I have read or re-read recently.

Scheepers, Christoph, et al. “Listening to Limericks: A Pupillometry Investigation of Perceivers’ Expectancy.” … 550 more words

Limerick

Tolkien's Nevbosh Limerick

From Joan Acocella’s “Slaying Monsters,” in The New Yorker for 2 June 2014, a review of the recently published translation of Beowulf by J.R.R. Tolkien: 468 more words

Limerick