Josie - July 2008

LET'S DO SOME LIMERICKS

Our Language Index More Limericks Edward Lear

So what ingredients make a limerick?

 

Usually guided by the above-style of verse with the following rhythm, although you don't have to start every limerick with "There was" etc.  The rhythm is what makes the limerick different to other verse.

 

                             Di dum diddy dum diddy dum

                             Di dum diddy dum diddy dum

                                  Di dum diddy dum

                                  Di dum diddy dum

                             Di dum diddy dum diddy dum

There was a young woman from Kent

Who spoke with a dreadful accent

   “When I want to say ‘better’

     It sounds just like ‘fetter’

‘Cos my tonsils are awfully bent.”

 

Now here is Virginia Knight

Whose hair’s in a terrible plight

  When she chose to be blonde

Her hair didn’t respond

And now it’s incredibly white.

 

A teacher who comes from Dundee

Said “I think you will surely agree:

    You’ll sell pizzas better

    Or deliver a letter

If you work hard and get a degree.

 

A man with a long crooked nose

Said: “There’s something I ought to disclose –

       It is just as I feared

       For my extra-long beard

Dangles down and it tickles my toes."

 

A certain shopkeeper from Norwich

Ate only pork sausage and porridge.

    When he couldn’t get these

    Nothing else would quite please

So he kept up his strength with some *borage.

 

*Borage is a Mediterranean flowering plant with a star-shaped flower.  The oil from this plant is supposed to be very healthy for you.  It is the only

word that rhymes with porridge, I think.

 

 

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