Poetry on the Pillars

The Limerick

A limerick is a type of poem that is often witty or humorous. The limerick generally uses a form of five anapestic lines rhyming AABBA. Enough technical jargon though, it's really very simple. The following is an example by Edward Lear, who popularized the form in the early 19th century. In this limerick he has fused the third and fourth lines into a single line with internal rhyme. Limericks are traditionally five lines long.

There was an Old Man with a Beard
By Edward Lear (1812-1888)

There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, "It is just as I feared!-
Two Owls and a Hen, four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard."  

The conditions for submitting to this week's poetry blog are simple, we wrote a couple of limericks to suggest the idea.   

There are limericks with wit and humor therein,
That can make your face perk up with a grin.
We'll post these a.m. or p.m.
With no reason to stash them
At the bottoms of the recycling bin. 


There once was a limerick named crude.
The words found within it were rude.
And since many may view,
The posts here by you,
The lewd we must simply exclude. 

Enjoy writing some limericks!
Feel free to post to the blogs from the past week as well.

(Please remember we are asking for original poetry only. By submitting work for this project you attest that you are the original creator and owner of the intellectual property. Further, by submitting entries you license the Round Rock Library to include those entries into its published compilation, sales of which will benefit the Friends of the Round Rock Public Library. We thank you for sharing your creativity.)


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