Wherein we learn much about a man from Nantucket
There was an old man from Bombay
Who didn't do much every day
But on May the 12th
He took a pen from his shelf
And began to celebrate Limerick Day!
Not bad for my first limerick, eh? Limerick day celebrates the birthday of Edward Lear, the writer responsible for popularizing this fun form of poetry in his 1846 "Book of Nonsense." Sounds like my kind of book! Today, get your fill of limericks by reading as many as you can. Once you get a feel for the style and structure, try writing a few of your own!
Limericks are known for their often edgy or obscene humor content, but there are plenty of G-rated limericks floating around as well. I'm not going to tell you to keep your poems clean, but I will leave you with this advice:
The limerick packs laughs anatomical
Into space that is quite economical,
But the good ones I've seen
So seldom are clean,
And the clean ones so seldom are comical.
Happy Limerick Day!