“They went to sea in a Sieve, they did…”

I used to enjoy a bit of Edward Lear as a kid and I had a nice illustrated version of his The Jumblies poem, which was one of my favourites (close-run thing with the Quangle Wangle that one).

Lear specialised in nonsense verse but as this first verse popped into my head this morning, I thought: well it’s not really nonsense at all, is it?

The Jumblies – Edward Lear

They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
In a Sieve they went to sea:
In spite of all their friends could say,
On a winter’s morn, on a stormy day,
In a Sieve they went to sea!
And when the Sieve turned round and round,
And every one cried, `You’ll all be drowned!’
They called aloud, `Our Sieve ain’t big,
But we don’t care a button! we don’t care a fig!
In a sieve we’ll go to sea!’
Far and few, far and few,
Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
And they went to sea in a Sieve.

*fires up the makemeadiva Sieve (note proper Noun) and goes to work*

Posted on January 21, 2011, in Poetry, Politics, Punting, Travel, Words and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. It’s sad that AJ has left. Still think he should have replaced Blair – he was a cool politician.

  2. Agree with Jamie. And now Coulson. Camlegg should get a better sieve.

  3. We all need to be watertight don’t we – except if the politicians were that would be boring.

    Actually, and I don’t mind being mocked for this, I am looking forward to Ed Balls squaring up to Georgie Porgie, although I am obviously sad about Alan Johnson.

  4. balls vs p******pper? šŸ˜€

    The Owl and the pussycat went to sea…. etc! WAs Lear obsessed with going to sea?

  5. Very good Burger šŸ™‚

    I don’t know about the sea thing, but he did travel a lot himself, so perhaps yes.

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