Thursday 11 April 2013

The Dong attaches his luminous nose

The Dong attaches his luminous nose, an illustration by JVL in The Nonsense Verse of Edward Lear, Jonathan Cape, 1984 and republished in 2012, page 16.

An extract from Edward Lear's 'The Dong with a Luminous Nose'

And because by night he could not see, 
He gathered the bark of the Twangum Tree
On the flowery plain that grows.
And he wove him a wondrous Nose, -
A Nose as strange as a Nose could be!
Of vast proportions and painted red,
And tied with cords to the back of his head.
- In a hollow rounded space it ended
With a luminous Lamp within suspended,
All fenced about
With a bandage stout
To prevent the wind from blowing it out; -
And with holes all round to send the light,
In gleaming rays on the dismal night.
Edward Lear

1 comment:

  1. BRILLIANT!! Great composition and I especially like the spaghetti-like bark of the Twangum Tree...