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Featured Poem: The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear

August 5, 2013
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We recently held a special Afternoon Tea celebration event for our North West volunteers, many of whom are part of our Big Lottery funded Merseyside Volunteer Reader Scheme. They go into care homes every week to deliver shared reading sessions with the residents, improving their own confidence and the lives of those they read with.

Both volunteers and care home residents came along to the Afternoon Tea, with many of them taking turns to read poems aloud, enjoying shared reading on a grand scale. A clear favourite was Edward Lear’s ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’, which had everyone in the room joining in together – childhood poems never get old.

The Owl and the Pussycat

I
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!”

II
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.

III
“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.
 
Edward Lear
 
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