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Limericks

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Jonathan Dukes

on 26 March 2013

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Transcript of Limericks

Lewis Carroll
(27January 1832-14 January 1898) Edward Lear
(12 May 1812- 29 January 1888) Rudyard Kipling
(30 December 1865 - 18 January 1936) Origin and History The name comes from a group of poets who
wrote in Limerick, Ireland in the 18th century. The name derives from the chorus of an 18th-century Irish soldiers' song "Will you come up to Limerick?" What Is a Limerick? The Rhyming Scheme There was a young lady of station
"I love man" was her sole exclamation
But when men cried, "You flatter"
She replied, "Oh! no matter
Isle of Man is the true explanation". There once was a man from Peru,
He dreamed he was eating a shoe,
He awoke with a fright,
In the dead of the night,
And found that his dream had come true. How pleasant to know Mr.Lear! AABBA There was a Young Lady whose chin,
Resembled the point of a pin;
So she had it made sharp,
And purchased a harp,
And played several tunes with her chin. There was an Old Person of Buda,
Whose conduct grew ruder and ruder;
Till at last, with a hammer,
They silenced his clamour,
By smashing that Person of Buda. There was a small boy of Quebec
Who was buried in snow to his neck
When they said, "Are you friz?"
He replied, "Yes, I is -
But we don't call this cold in Quebec". "How pleasant ot know Mr.Lear!"
Who has written such volumes of stuff!
Some think him ill-tempered and queer,
But a few think him pleasant enough. His mind is concrete and fastidious,
His nose is remarkably big;
His visage is more or less hideous,
His beard it resembles a wig. He has ears, and two eyes, and ten fingers,
Leastways if you reckon two thumbs;
Long ago he was one of the singers,
But now he is one of the dumbs. He sits in a beautiful parlour,
With hundreds of books on the wall;
He drinks a great deal of Marsala,
But never gets tipsy at all. He has many friends, lay men and clerical,
Old Foss is the name of his cat;
His body is perfectly spherical,
He weareth a runcible hat. When he walks in waterproof white,
The children run after him so!
Calling out, "He's gone out in his night-
Gown, that crazy old Englishman, oh!" He weeps by the side of the ocean,
He weeps on the top of the hill;
He purchases pancakes and lotion,
And chocolate shrimps from the mill. He reads, but he cannot speak, Spanish,
He cannot abide ginger beer:
Ere the days of his pilgrimage vanish,
How pleasant to know Mr. Lear! Edward Lear was an English artist, illustrator, author and poet, famous for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose, and especially his limericks. Adward Lear wrote a poem "How Pleasant to Know Mr Lear!"
It's a humorous self-portrait in verse form. The limerick form was popularized by Edward Lear in his first "Book of Nonsense "(1845). Lear wrote 212 limericks. He made very amusing nonsense drawings to accompany them. There was an Old Person from Gretna,
Who rushed down the crater of Etna;
When they said, 'Is it hot?'
He replied, 'No, it's not!'
That mendacious Old Person of Gretna. There was an old man of Peru,
Who watched his wife making a stew:
But once by mistake
In a stove she did bake
That unfortunate man of Peru. A party game in which each guest in turn made up a nonsense verse and all sang a refrain with the line "Will you come up to Limereck?" A limerick is a kind of a witty, humorous or nonsense five-line poem.
A limerick usually begins with “There was a …”. Telling the story There once was a man from Peru, Line 1 Introduces the main character Line 2 Describes the character in more detail He dreamed he was eating a shoe, Lines 3,4 Provides a picture in words describing the action He awoke with a fright,
In the dead of the night, Line 5 Reveals the ridiculous or unexpected conclusion And found that his dream had come true. How to Write a Limerick Write Your Own Limerick Edward Lear popularised limericks. Many famous writers started to write limericks, too. Limerick "How pleasant to know Mr.Lear!"
Who has written such volumes of stuff!
Some think him ill-tempered and queer,
But a few think him pleasant enough.
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