Edward Lear

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Edward Lear (12 or 13 May 1812 - 29 January 1888) was an English artist, illustrator, author, and a poet. Lear was born into a middle-class family in the Holloway, which is near London by the youngest one in the twenty-one children family. His mother was Ann Clark Skerrett, and his father was Jeremiah Lear. He was suffered from health problem. He had many diseases such as asthma and bronichitis. He also had partial blindness for his life. He started to make his first art pieces at the age of 16.

In 1846, Edward Lear published "A Book of Nonsense", which was a book of limericks that was made with three editions, and also helped limericks to be popular. In 1865, "The History of the Seven families of the Lake Pipple-Popple" was published, and in 1867, "The Owl and the Pussycat", one of the most famous piece of nonsense poem, was published. He also made his own writing style. In his limericks, the first and last lines usually end with the same word instead of ending with rhyme. He is known mostly by his literary nonsense and limericks, a form he populated. He is known for his nonsense works that used both real English words and invented English words.

There Was a Young Lady of Dorking

by Edward Lear

There was a Young Lady of Dorking,
Who bought a large bonnet for walking;
But its colour and size,
So bedazzled her eyes,
That she very soon went back to Dorking.