The owl and the pussycat went to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat.
The first line of this Edward Lear poem is known and loved by millions across the world. Today is Lear’s 200th birthday!
In 1846 Lear published A Book of Nonsense, a volume of limericks that went through three editions and helped popularise the form. In 1865 The History of the Seven Families of the Lake Pipple-Popple was published, and in 1867 his most famous piece of nonsense, The Owl and the Pussycat, which he wrote for the children of his patron Edward Stanley, 13th Earl of Derby. Many other works followed.
The link above will take you to the Edward Lear page to read more NONSENSE poems.