Limerick defined: a humorous rhyming poem of five lines. More specifically, Lines one, two and five should have between seven and ten syllables and rhyme with each other. Lines three and four should have between five and seven syllables and rhyme with each other.
The origin of the term is obscure, but a group of poets in County Limerick, Ireland, wrote limericks in Irish in the 18th century. The first collections in English date from c. 1820. Among the most famous are those in Edward Lear‘s Book of Nonsense (1846).
Here’s my feeble attempt at a limerick. Since I used to own a bar I thought I’d try one that might reflect a typical day there. Almost successful, but I went over by ONE syllable. It made me crazy and I finally gave up. I’ll call this “Limerick Plus One”
There once was a woman who owned a bar
Patrons would come from near and far
Inside for jokes, out for tokes
Add beer for brawls and crazy folks.
Kapow! Thwack! Now that’s going to leave a scar.
So yeah, limericks? Ain’t my thang…
How about you? Give it a shot and share your limericks here in the comment section!
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