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Rhyme & Reason (6) – Make Your Interpretation of "The Owl & The Pussycat"

We continue with “Rhyme & Reason” with a special focus on Edward Lear’s nonsensical poem “The Owl and The Pussycat”. Lear was actually first and foremost an illustrator, writing silly rhymes was just something he did on the side. Read more on “Edward Lear: Two hundred years of nonsense” by Robin Banerji

Our Craft Challenge Today:
Make your own unique interpretation of “The Owl and The Pussycat”. It can be any form and size. Let your imagination fly, just as Edward Lear did.

But before you get started, I thought it would be nice to see how other artists have interpreted this great literary piece. If Edward Lear could see these creative interpretations, he would probably be quite amused. Sir Lear, thank you for showing us a world where pea boats float and bong-trees grow. This one’s for you!

The Owl and The Pussycat
by Antoinette Kelly
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The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussycat 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.

Source: The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (1983)

The Story Behind
The Owl and The Pussycat
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“The Owl and the Pussycat” is a nonsense poem by Edward Lear, first published in 1871. Lear wrote the poem for a three-year-old girl, Janet Symonds, the daughter of Lear’s friend poet John Addington Symonds and his wife Catherine Symonds. The term runcible spoon was coined for the poem. 

Some Print and Painting Interpretations of
The Owl and The Pussycat
The Owl and The Pussycat 
Fine Art Print by Renata Wright
The Owl and the Pussycat in the Beginning
Acrylic Print by Leah Saulnier The Painting Maniac
Tales of Bong Tree Island
Illustrated By E.J.Lefavour

Some Sculptural Interpretations 

of The Owl and The Pussycat

Sculpture by the Sea  
Artist: Alan Groves
Decorative ceramic boat interpretation
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Pewter bowl with a cat on the edge of the bowl 
complete with an owl spoon 
from  Glover & Smith
Inspired by The Owl and The Pussycat 
by Edward Lear.
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Tyber Katz  
The Owl and Pussycat Treasure Box 

This exquisite treasure box is a One of a Kind original created by award winning world renowned artists Peter and Patricia Tyber. 
It is intricately hand carved from Lindenwood and hand painted. The sweet little Owl holds a small guitar and gazes lovingly at Pussycat holding a jar full of honey. The sea box they sail upon has a hidden drawer to “hold plenty of money” and is embellished with fish, starfish and scallops. This unique sculpture will capture your heart and dreams that you can hand down from generation to generation.

The Owl and The Pussycat Storytelling Chair 
by Tommy Craggs Tree Sculpting
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Here is an animated interpretation 
of The Owl and The Pussycat

Watch this animated video of The Owl and The Pussycat
Created by MaGik World Studios & HBO Family

Read by John Lithgow

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