The Limerick

Before I start writing too many limericks for your enjoyment and pleasure, I pen a little footnote here by way of a post to advise of their background and meaning.

The limerick is said to have derived initially from the City or County of Limerick in Ireland.

They are five lines in length, rhyme and are frequently designed to be humorous and in many cases, rude. The rhyme is in the form of AABBA, as in the first and second lines rhyme with the fifth, and the second and third lines rhyme with each other. The first, fourth and fifth lines are syllabically longer than the second and third.

Their rudeness is not designed to offend but rather to entertain. I believe they may well be an acquired taste and not to everyone’s liking. If anyone takes offense at any of the postings on this blog then I humbly apologise, for that is not my intention.

Finally, let me mention the name of the great Limerick writer Edmund Lear. According to Wikipedia, he wrote 212 limericks, As stated there…

“The limerick form was popularized by Edward Lear in his first Book of Nonsense (1846) and a later work, More Nonsense, Pictures, Rhymes, Botany, etc. (1872). Lear wrote 212 limericks, mostly considered nonsense literature. “

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