Today marks 200 years since the birth of Edward Lear, the beloved English artist known mostly for his illustrations and ‘limericks’. He suffered from serious health problems for most of his life, but was gifted in many other ways. I love his playful little drawings, they make me laugh and remind me of the favourite books of my childhood.
The most famous example of his limericks are the finishing lines from The Owl and the Pussycat:
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,
They danced by the light of the moon.