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She cut holes in her sheet And stuck through her feet. There's a lady in each of our lives Who endured all the lows and the highs That her children went through Like the mumps or the flu.

Limerick Poems: Lesson for Kids

Accept that to suffer is life That done, you don't focus on strife The good - one enjoys The bad - background noise There once was a man from Greece He was incredibly obese He rolled round the world crushing all boys and girls Menu Search Login Loving. Keep me logged in. July When I'm old and mankey, I'll never use a hanky. I'll wee on plants and soil my pants Read Complete Poem. May Easter weekend's a time when we feast On a turkey that's freshly deceased Or a slow roasted duck That has run out of pluck Read Complete Poem.

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The Origins Of The Limerick

March 18, Lear did greatly popularize the form, but he himself had been introduced to it in a couple of books published in the s, The History of Sixteen Wonderful Old Women and Anecdotes and Adventures of Fifteen Gentlemen , and those books also didn't use the word "limerick". The tune as applied to 'Limericks' was certainly in vogue twenty-five years ago, and may be so at the present time for all I know. Some have claimed that the form was connected with a poetic school called Fili na Maighe that existed in Croom, County Limerick, in the 18th century.

There was such a school of poets, but I have no idea whether they ever used the five-line verses we call Limericks. The Wikipedia entry is certainly mistaken in treating the poem recorded by Thomlinson as an early version of a limerick.

Are Limericks from Limerick, Ireland?

The meter is dactylic rather than anapestic, and the structure consists of a short couplet followed by a longer line, then another couplet followed by a longer line, with the rhyme scheme AAB CCB. None of this bears any resemblance to a limerick. Instead, it's an early version of the verse form used for "Little Miss Muffet.

March 18, 2: March 18, 3: If memory serves richardelguru has come up with a hybrid called some portmanteau of limerick and haiku. March 18, 4: This is the origin of the limerick form from poulter's measure, a popular verse scansion becoming a popular art form.

Limerick (poetry) - Wikipedia

For examples of limericks in music there is an exact one in the slow movement siciliana of Handel's Oboe concerto No 1, HWV, and in duple time the trio of Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance march No 5 I think. March 19, 5: James Clarence Mangan translated some of them into English in around , using the classic metre and rhyme scheme of the limerick.

So it would seem that the form of the limerick was established at that time, if not before. The Limerick Makers, Harrowven, London, This is a folklorique rather than scholarly work, but may be reliable on this point. March 19, 6: March 19, 7: I did a Google search, using the first line of the poem, and all the several pages I checked give the last two lines of the poem this way.

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Yes, it's significant that these English translations were first published in The Poets and Poetry of Munster rather than or To quote George Belknap, "History of the Limerick," cited above page For a more thorough technical description of the differences: There, eight characteristics of limericks are given: The essay goes on to discuss remaining similarities and "divergences. Also, perhaps more speculatively: This article is one of those that misidentifies J. March 19, 8: Stephen's discovery is undoubtedly the most significant yet in the history of the application of the name of "Limerick" to the verse form.

But when I get to the last line I try to fit in as many words as I can. Other parodies deliberately break the rhyme scheme, like the following example, attributed to W.

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There was an old man of St. Bees, Who was stung in the arm by a wasp, When asked, "Does it hurt? Comedian John Clarke has also parodied Lear's style:. There was an old man with a beard, A funny old man with a beard He had a big beard A great big old beard That amusing old man with a beard. The British wordplay and recreational mathematics expert Leigh Mercer — devised the following mathematical limerick:.

A dozen , a gross , and a score Plus three times the square root of four Divided by seven Plus five times eleven Is nine squared and not a bit more.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the form of verse. For the city, see Limerick.

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For other uses, see Limerick disambiguation. The Penguin dictionary of literary terms and literary theory 4.


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Retrieved 6 October The Secret of Humor. Bainbridge went from Cambridge to Oxon [Oxford] to be astronomy professor, and reading a lecture happened to say de Polis et Axis, instead of Axibus. Upon which one said, Dr. Bainbridge was sent from Cambridge,—to read lectures de Polis et Axis; but lett them that brought him hither, return him thither, and teach him his rules of syntaxis. One meaning for the phrase, proposed by Stephen Goranson on ADS-list, would be a reference to the Treaty of Limerick, and mean surrender , settle , get to the point , get with the program.

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