Poetry is a wonderful way to learn a language, and some poems are better suited than others for that purpose. The Owl and the Pussycat is one of my favourite poems, and it is a particularly fine poem for English language students. It is no accident that the poem appears in so many educational poetry textbooks.
The poem tells an unusual story of an owl and a pussycat who went to sea and travelled far from home. Apparently, they fell in love on the voyage, and in a land where the "Bong-tree" grows, they married and celebrated their marriage in delightfully romantic settings. Thus, the poem is about adventure and romance; not bad for two characters, neither of which is human! ?
Along the way, the author, Edward Lear, introduces us to many uncommon words; 'Piggy-wig', 'tarried', 'Bong tree' and 'runcible spoon'. Several of these words, like 'pussycat' and 'piggy-wig' are words which only children would use normally, but they are still wonderful, and a feather in your cap if you have them in your vocabulary.
I've written an article on the poem which explains all its unusual words, and an audio recording of my recital, which should help English language students learn the poem's pronunciation. Check out the FULL article, which you can read by pressing the button below.