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TOILET READING: A Book of Nonsense

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Happy Toilet Reading! Toilets are beautiful places and a frequent stop on our daily rambles. It can get quite eventful in there and, at times, a bit boring, hence the disorderly collection of magazines you’ve got stashed in the corner. But if you ever feel like diversifying your reading, make a blogstop here from time to time. I have loads of suggestions. My first pick from the toilet archive are clips from A Book of Nonsense by 19th century British artist, illustrator, poet, and author, Edward Lear. Don’t worry. You won’t laugh too hard. Lear’s witty bits of nonsense simply puts you in a nice, mellow mood. Are you in the toilet right now? Scroll down my friends and start reading. 

There was an Old Man on some rocks,
Who shut his wife up in a box;
When she said, ‘Let me out!’
He exclaimed, ‘Without doubt,
You will pass all your life in that box.’

There was an Old Man in a tree,
Who was horribly bored by a Bee;
When they said, ‘Does it buzz?’
He replied, ‘Yes, it does!’
‘It’s a regular brute of a Bee!’

There was a Young Lady of Ryde,
Whose shoe-strings were seldom untied.
She purchased some clogs,
And some small spotted dogs,
And frequently walked about Ryde.

There was an Old Man of Peru,
Who watched his wife making a stew;
But once by mistake,
In a stove she did bake,
That unfortunate Man of Peru.

There was an Old Man of Vesuvius,
Who studied the works of Vitruvius;
When the flames burnt his book,
To drinking he took,
That morbid Old Man of Vesuvius.

 

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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

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