Poems from the English Romantics like Shelley, Keats, Wordsworth, and Byron are read side by side with cowboy poetry and nonsense verses
This is where the 19-year-old artist Edward Lear, now better-known for his later career as writer of nonsense verses
, produced a series of hand-coloured lithographs of parrots studied from life soon after the zoo opened in 1828.
The book consists of 42 spooneristic nonsense verses
for children, accompanied by the author's characteristic line drawings.
99THIS is a great collection of verse for very young children which deals with issues close to every youngster's heart - from family and school to food and animalsThere are also nonsense verses
, finger games and some original treatments of familiar nursery rhymes - our favourite was Humpty Dumpty - complemented by funny and wacky illustrationsAn ideal introduction to poetry and a good opportunity to help children experiment with words and sounds
As children they read the same nonsense verses
, and tales of heroism at sea; both were fascinated with military strategy, and by naval warfare in particular.
It is steeped in history and over the years welcomed visitors ranging from EdwardLear, the writer of nonsense verses
, to Winston Churchill,and, during the Hamiltons' 13 years in residence, guests included Margaret Thatcher, Michael Portillo,Ken Dodd, BarbaraCartland and, most recently, Louis Theroux.
I happen to know all the nonsense verses
so I chanted them and Teller and Jonesy joined me on the choruses.