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The Owl and the Pussycat
Posted by: Peter Wassill (---.ia3.marketscore.com)
Date: May 14, 2004 09:35AM

I am looking for a poem that I had learned in grade school many years ago called " The Owl & the Pussycat". Please help anyone.

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Posted by: ilza (---.162.243.62.user.ajato.com.br)
Date: May 14, 2004 10:27AM

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Posted by: Talia (---.dialsprint.net)
Date: May 14, 2004 01:43PM

That would make a really cool wedding invitation.....pictures too!

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Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: May 14, 2004 04:05PM

And then at the reception you could have mince, and slices of quince, and serve them with runcible spoons!

"A horn spoon with a bowl at each end, one the size of a table-spoon and the other the size of a tea-spoon. There is a joint midway between the two bowls by which the bowls can be folded over"--Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

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Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-03rh15rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: May 14, 2004 04:29PM

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So, what's a runcible hat? Or was it a runcible cat?

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Posted by: Johnny SansCulo (---.nycmny83.covad.net)
Date: May 14, 2004 05:13PM

Donald Runcible is the Secretary of Dee-fense

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Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: May 14, 2004 08:49PM

The Shorter OED says that 'runcible' was a nonsense word invented by Edward Lear in 'The Owl and the Pussycat'; but then, inconsistently, goes on to say that it means 'a fork curved like a spoon and having three broad prongs, one of which has a slightly sharp edge'.

Sounds like a handy piece of all-purpose cutlery for backpackers.

Re: The Owl and the Pussycat
Posted by: lg (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: May 15, 2004 02:31AM

Here's a page from a dictionary which says runcible means "sensuous".
Certainly not in this context. No derivation is given.

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Post Edited (05-15-04 01:44)

Re: The Owl and the Pussycat
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-03rh16rt-04rh15rt.co.dial-access.att.ne)
Date: May 15, 2004 02:51PM

I scoffed at the sensuous one also - but that other instrument is a 'spork' as anyone who has eaten at USA fast food joints knows.

Re: The Owl and the Pussycat
Posted by: Henry (213.78.101.---)
Date: May 16, 2004 11:00AM

"The Nelson Knife is essentially a knife with a cutting edge which ends as a curved pronged fork, to enable food to be picked up."

This steel knife is designed for one-handed eating and is named after Lord Nelson, who lost his right arm following an attack on a Spanish ship at Santa Cruz in 1797.

Re: The Owl and the Pussycat
Posted by: marian2 (---.range81-152.btcentralplus.com)
Date: May 26, 2004 03:51AM

There is a sequel to the Owl and the Pussycat, but Lear never finished it. I came across it years ago, and because I had young children and they liked that kind of thing, I fudged in bits to make it readable. It's called the Children of the Owl and the Pussycat. I'd post it, but I'm not entirely sure which bits are Lear and which are mine and I'm no plagiarist.

after marian
Posted by: ilza (---.162.243.62.user.ajato.com.br)
Date: May 26, 2004 04:58AM

with blanks ...
The Children of the
Owl and the Pussy-cat

Our mother was the Pussy-cat, our father was the Owl,
And so we're partly little beasts and partly little fowl,
The brothers of our family have feathers and they hoot,
While all the sisters dress in fur and have long tails to boot.
We all believe that little mice,
For food are singularly nice.
Our mother died long years ago. She was a lovely cat
Her tail was 5 feet long, and grey with stripes, but what of that?
In Sila forest on the East of fair Calabria's shore
She tumbled from a lofty tree -- none ever saw her more.
Our owly father long was ill from sorrow and surprise,
But with the feathers of his tail he wiped his weeping eyes.
And in the hollow of a tree in Sila's inmost maze
We made a happy home and there we pass our obvious days.

From Reggian Cosenza many owls about us flit
And bring us worldly news for which we do not care a bit.
We watch the sun each morning rise, beyond Tarento's strait;
We go out ------------------ before it gets too late;
And when the evening shades begin to lengthen from the trees
------------------ as sure as bees is bees.
We wander up and down the shore ------------------
Or tumble over head and heels, but never, never more
Can see the far Gromboolian plains ---------------------
Or weep as we could once have wept o'er many a vanished scene:
This is the way our father moans -- he is so very green.

Our father still preserves his voice, and when he sees a star
He often sings ------------ to that original guitar.
The pot in which our parents took the honey in their boat,
But all the money has been spent, beside the 5 note.
The owls who come and bring us nows are often ------
Because we take no interest in poltix of the day.)

Re: The Owl and the Pussycat
Posted by: marian2 (---.range81-152.btcentralplus.com)
Date: May 27, 2004 12:46PM

Thanks Ilza!! I'll keep a copy for next time I want to show it someone.

Re: The Owl and the Pussycat
Posted by: Poet8586 (207.27.152.---)
Date: June 03, 2004 05:20PM

If you like "The Owl and the Pussycat," definitely try "The Jumblies" by Edward Lear. I found a sequel of sorts to that online (can't remember where), entitled "The Dong With The Luminous Nose"--very strange but I kind of liked it.
Now I'm worried because I can't remember if it was a Bong or a Dong that had the luminous nose. I'll have to check on that.

Re: The Owl and the Pussycat
Posted by: marian2 (---.range81-152.btcentralplus.com)
Date: June 04, 2004 06:15AM

It's Dong - and it's less a sequel than there are cross references to one poem from the other - in some ways Lear appears to have had a fantasy world peopled by strange beings rather than write completely isolated poems. There are lots of ballad-like poem eg The Courtship of the Yonghy Bongy Bo and The Quangle Wangle's Hat and there are quite a few cross references.

Re: The Owl and the Pussycat
Posted by: lg (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: June 04, 2004 12:33PM

Here's a link to that poem:

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Re: The Owl and the Pussycat
Posted by: pogo (---.dialup.iol.cz)
Date: June 12, 2004 05:53PM

Edward Lear, infamous for his limericks

if you dump it in google, your bound to come up with it

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