The Owl and the Pussycat/ Edward Lear and Jabberwocky/ Lewis Carrol

"...and shun The frumious Bandersnatch!"


Edward Lear, a Victorian poet and artist, is well known for 'nonsense' poetry - works that include Nonsense Alphabets and  The Owl and the Pussycat. Lear's works delight in the formation of sounds - both real and imaginary - and display a great deal of imagination and invention.

This gramophone's performance alternated between The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear and Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll, another English author often stated to have written within the genre of 'nonsense'.

Sources for this extract from the Sound Archive include recordings of Lear's The Owl and the Pussycat and Carroll's Jabberwocky , interpreted by various English voice actors such as Peter Pears, David Davies and Kenneth Williams.