The poet William Stafford set himself the task of writing a poem a day. When someone asked him what he would do when his poem-of-the-day wasn't very good, he replied "I simply lower my standards." In order to increase output, the bar here is set at a low level - the point of this is to have some fun with current events and politics. I welcome contributions and comments. Now you can also follow Doggerelo on Twitter (@doggerelo). Because of continuing medical problems, I'm no longer able to post a poem-a-day. I'll continue to post poems, but at a reduced frequency, so please stay tuned.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Birthday Edward Lear

Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edward Lear, who wrote mostly nonsensical verse, and remains beloved today for his many limericks, verbal inventions (e.g. the “runcible spoon”), “The Owl and the Pussycat” and many other silly works.  He spent the latter part of his life San Remo, Italy, in a villa called “Villa Tennyson”. 

There once was a man from San Remo
Who made up new words as a game, O
He didn’t write shrilly
In fact he was silly
The nonsensical man from San Remo.

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