We had to write limericks in English class many moons ago, but sometimes I still like to write the odd nonsensical poem … just to keep it real and not let my brilliance go to my head.
According to Wikipedia, “The origin of the name limerick for this type of poem is debated. As of several years ago, its usage was first documented in England in 1898 (New English Dictionary) and in America in 1902, but in recent years several earlier uses have been documented. The name is generally taken to be a reference to the City or County of Limerick in Ireland
“The standard form of a limerick is a stanza of five lines, with the first, second and fifth usually rhyming with one another and having three feet of three syllables each; and the shorter third and fourth lines also rhyming with each other, but having only two feet of three syllables.”
Below are two horrible examples.
A writer of copy from Ireland
Whose last name could not have been Moreland
Hooked up to the Web
And her words became lead
No longer they draped like a garland.
An editor by name of Sally
Grew up in a green verdant valley
She liked to correct
All words, they were checked.
That editor Sally, so pally.
Send me your own. I will edit one sentence, for free, for the winner.
- Best 3…Limericks(from The Little Limerick Book) (mybest3ofeverything.wordpress.com)
- FormForAll – How To Write A Limerick (dversepoets.com)
- Worst. Poems. Ever. (sallyhanan.wordpress.com)