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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Poetry Friday--"The Owl and the Pussycat"

I cannot resist sharing this video!

And of course, I couldn't help thinking of the Edward Lear poem:
The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
    In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
    Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
    And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
    What a beautiful Pussy you are,
        You are,
        You are!
    What a beautiful Pussy you are!"

Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl!
    How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
    But what shall we do for a ring?"
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
    To the land where the Bong-Tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
    With a ring at the end of his nose,
        His nose,
        His nose,
    With a ring at the end of his nose.

"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
    Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will."
So they took it away, and were married next day
    By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
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,
        The moon,
        The moon,
    They danced by the light of the moon.

Not surprisingly, we have this much-loved classic poem in many forms at the library. Two illustrated versions, one of them by James Marshall in his easily recognizable style [JP LEA]. An audio version found on Vintage Children's Favourites [CD CHILDREN VIN], which has been "transcribed from original 78s." And in numerous poetry collections including The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis [808.81 BES].

Have a great weekend, but not before stopping by My Juicy Little Universe for the Poetry Friday Round-Up.


  1. I used to have it memorized, as did my daughter. The video seems almost too hard to believe-amazing. Thanks Diane.

  2. I do still have it memorized, one of the few! And yes, unbelievable video.

  3. That video is CRAZY!

  4. One of my all-time favorites! Mary Lee chose the right word for that video--crazy!