Wed. May 12th is Limerick Day in honor of the birthday of Edward Lear. His 'A Book of Nonsense' is Fun to read to your kids (& yourself). Now is the time for all you slackers to put your think creatively caps on & write. If you get stuck, perhaps just do what the Irish do: have a wee dram of Jameson, Baileys, Guinness, Murphys or Harp to loosen up the cogs. Start cogitating now..... I am looking forward to some amusing/clever postings by new authors here this week. Get busy!
Post by Dave the editer on Aug 1, 2011 6:42:58 GMT -5
Some of these limericks play fast and loose with the conventional rhythm and rhyme. As club editer it behooves me to clarify the proper format for a limerick. Please use the following as a template:
There once was an X from place B Who satisfied predicate P. The X did thing A In a specified way, Resulting in circumstance C.
Also, a limerick, by definition, is bawdy.
A limerick packs jokes anatomical Into space that is quite economical. But good ones, it seems, So seldom are clean, And the clean ones so seldom are comical.
However, since this is a family forum, we will forego this characteristic. In fact, let's keep it clean, boys and girls. As in many artistic endeavors, once you know the rules it is OK to break them for effect. The following limerick breaks the five-line pattern in order to make a self-referential joke.
There once was a man from Peru whose limerick stopped at line two.
The above limerick is related to the one below:
There was an old maid from Verdun.
And of course, there's a limerick about Nero that I can't even start.
I hope this explanation of the proper construction of limericks is helpful. I leave you with this quote from E.B. White:
“Humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind.”