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What is the meaning of line "And we'd go to the Dee, and the Jelly Bo Lee," poem The...

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puthen | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 20, 2010 at 4:25 PM via web

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What is the meaning of line "And we'd go to the Dee, and the Jelly Bo Lee," poem The Duck and the Kangaroo by Edward lear.

 

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted June 20, 2010 at 11:44 PM (Answer #1)

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I have tried to do some research on this to help you out, but all I have been able to come up with are "possibilities". I am hoping that perhaps someone from Australia might be able to help you out because I believe these terms are "Aussie" slang.

This is one of Lear's seemingly child-like poems with a deeper meaning. The duck and the kangaroo are very different, but they resolve their differences by cooperating and achieving a mutual goal, which is to travel around the world.

As far as I can tell, the "Dee" may refer to Dee Why Beach, which is a long beach in Australia. Perhaps the author envisions the kangaroo and the duck flying over this beach as they go around the world three times. The "Jelly Bo Lee" was a little trickier to figure out, but it is most likely another geographical feature. Sometimes the word "Lee" is used to refer to a coastal feature, so perhaps it is The Leeuwin-Naturalist Ridge, a geological feature stretching from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin. Maybe there are jellyfish along this stretch - "jellies". In any case, both of these terms refer to places that the duck and the kangaroo traveled over.

I hope someone else can give you some more specific information!

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