She Sells Seashells By The Seashore #PoetryFriday

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Greetings from Lyme Regis on the Jurassic Coast of England! I’ve just arrived today to begin a week of hiking the Southwest Coast Path with my husband and exploring the amazing world of Mary Anning, a 19th century fossil collector and amateur paleontologist.

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Mary is thought to be the inspiration for the children’s tongue twister, She Sells Seashells By The Seashore. (Click here to read my slice about Mary and the trip’s inspiration.) If so, those weren’t shells she was selling!

Here is the complete text:

She sells seashells by the seashore.
The shells she sells are surely seashells.
So if she sells shells on the seashore,
I’m sure she sells seashore shells.

While researching my trip and literary connections, I stumbled up this silly limerick about Lyme Regis written by 19th century art critic and limerick writer William Cosmo Monkhouse. (Click here. You HAVE to see what he looks like!) Just for fun!

There once was an old man of Lyme 
Who married three wives at a time, 
When asked, “Why a third?” 
He replied, ” One’s absurd! 
And bigamy, sir, is a crime.”

See you soon!


My dear cyber friend and digital literacy mentor Carol at Beyond Literacy Link is graciously hosting this week’s Poetry Friday. Why not join us there and spread some poetry love!

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15 thoughts on “She Sells Seashells By The Seashore #PoetryFriday

  1. lol! Love your sense of fun, adventure and literary connections….that’s my kind of trip! If you haven’t read Jeannine Atkins, Finding Wonders, do so immediately! You will be pleased with another literary connection. Have a wonderful trip. Find us some good words from interesting places!

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    1. Thanks for the shout out, Linda. Christie and I are in twitter-touch, and I’m following her trip with great armchair delight, and just a bit of jealousy. Looking forward to all she shares on this extraordinary excursion!

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  2. Linda beat me to sharing Jeannine’s book, but glad to see you are in touch. What a marvelous trip you’re on. I hope you share a lot! Happy Hiking!

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  3. This is a tongue twister tale that intrigues me, Christie. Enjoy your trip. I look forward to hearing all about it. Poetry love in England! I am honored to be your cyber friend and love thinking of being a mentor. It’s a beautiful partnership.


  4. What a fun blog; and look at where you are, wow, that’s incredible–it doesn’t look real! Mary Anning seems like quite a character, and I’ve always loved “She Sells Seashells By The Seashore.” And William Cosmo Monkhouse, another intriguing character. Thanks for sharing the pic, one would have never guessed his passion with limerick. Have a wonderful time. I hope you’ll continue to fill us in as your trip moves on.

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  5. “She sells seashells” is such a fun tongue twister, and to know it’s history makes it even more so. What an adventure you are on! I loved Jeannine’s book and Remarkable Creatures, yet here I sit in CT. Can’t wait to hear more about your travels and discoveries!


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