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If you want to try your hand at 'writing' poetry, and find out how difficult it is to make Nonsense, visit this page at prominence.com.

Of course there are a lot of Lewis Carrol links:

A collection of W.S. Gilbert's Bab Ballads in text and PDF formats. Project Gutenberg also has Fifty "Bab" Ballads.

Wilhelm Bush was more or less Lear's contemporary and their stories have much in common, from the illustrations (he is recognised as one of the nearest predecessors of comic art) to the often cruel endings. His Hans Huckebein and Max und Moritz are available, both in German and English. Another very nice set of pages with these and other works of his are Busch - inventor of the comic strip.

Christian Morgenstern also wrote Nonsense poems; all the following sites present collections of his Galgenlieder in German:

E. A. Abbott's Flatland.

T.S. Eliot's Old Possum Book of Practical Cats demonstrates how influential ninteenth-century Nonsense literature was on modernist literature.

This is confirmed by the works of the surrealists, dadaists etc.: If you read German, you should have a look at Imaginären Bibliothek, with sections on word-play and dada texts.

Edward Gorey has written wonderfully illustrated Nonsense books, as well as illustrating two of Lear's most famous poems (The Jumblies and The Dong with a Luminous Nose); if I were you I would not miss Ariel Rosenthal's Edward Gorey Pages with articles, interviews, a bibliography and even animations!
Another Gorey page, also containing a Gashlycrumb Tinies alphabet (without illustrations): G is for Gorey.

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