Edward Lear (1812-1888) is one of the best-loved of English poets. His comic invention and unconstrained sense of the absurd have been enjoyed by generations of children, and treasured by adults conscious of the subtle melancholy that underlies the fun. This collection includes all the favourite nonsense poems. Peter Swaab sets them alongside a generous selection from Lear's six travel books (including his three Journals of a Landscape Painter), first published between 1841 and 1870, and long out of print. For the first time Lear is presented as an adventurer, not only in the fabled lands of the Jumblies and the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo, but also in nineteenth-century Albania, Greece, Calabria and Corsica, where his encounters with the people and customs of these sometimes equally strange and challenging cultures are recorded with the same acute and rueful comic imagination.Nevertheless, a certainty impressesme that so much timidity isoccasioned by somehidden event or expectation. ... From Agnano the eye looks into the very heart of the ravine of the Novito; and high aboveit on the west below stupendous cliffs, stands ... a#39;MaestAn, a#39; said theowner oftheass on which theroyal traveller rode, a#39; no oneelsecan ever ride on this donkey: it shall have a bit ofground and a stable to itselfanbsp;...
|Title||:||Over the land and over the sea': Selected Nonsense and Travel Writings|
|Publisher||:||Carcanet - 2005-05-26|