Interesting Literature blog’s view of The Owl and The Pussycat

The ever interesting “Interesting Literature” Blog by Oliver Tearle this weeks features an analysis of interest to teachers and older secondary and A level / degree students of the nation’s favourite poem “The Owl and The Pussycat” by Edward Lear.  Does it mean anything at all?

“But this all still leaves us with the question: is ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ meant to mean anything? Is it simply delightful fantasy (it features anthropomorphic animals, after all: the owl and the pussycat can talk, the owl sings a song and plays the guitar, the pig engage in financial transactions, and the turkey officiate at ceremonies), or is it making a commentary on Victorian society?”

Many interesting points raised about or by this rewarding and intriguing ‘nonsense’ (or is it?) poem.


Happy Christmas to all our readers!

Posted by Mark Norris.

2 responses to “Interesting Literature blog’s view of The Owl and The Pussycat

  1. My Gr 8 students in an international school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia loves the poem very much. They wanted to read it in class and particularly every students like the characters of the Owl and the Pussy-Cat. The class opined that it is funny and rather appealing that owl & the Pussy cat is a couple,serious enough to get married.

    • worldwarzoogardener1939

      Hello GR8 and Ng Kim Hong from Mark at Newquay Zoo in Cornwall UK where I am based, home of the International Owl and Pussycat Day blog.

      That’s brilliant, a comment from Kuala Lumpur really makes it “International Owl and Pussycat Day” if you are reading it together in Malaysia.

      I think it an excellent marriage poem and we have had requests for translations into other languages – there is a page or post on the blog about which features many song and translation / foreign language versions of the Owl and the Pussycat poem. I hope you enjoy some of Edward Lear’s other poems – I really like the Jumblies poem by Edward Lear as well, it’s quite sad and strange with a wonderful rhythm and atmosphere. You might enjoy this poem as well!

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