What have Joseph P Kennedy (father of John F Kennedy), HG Wells, James Joyce, Aldus Huxley and Clement Atlee have in common? Well if you haven’t guessed – they all wrote limericks! Now The Limerick Writers’ Centre are publishing a new book exploring the curious history of that ubiquitous five line verse called, appropriately, The Curious […]
What is a Limerick?
To be a Limerick, a verse MUST have: Five lines Lines one, two, and five MUST each have exactly three metric feet Lines three and four MUST each have exactly two metric feet The metric feet MUST be anapests ( da da DUM ) although the leading foot of each line may be an iamb […]
The Lure of the Limerick
limericks, limerick poem, funny limericks, naughty limericks, writing limericks No-one knows for certain how the name of an Irish Mid-Western city came to be associated with the short, irreverent, often bawdy verses of the limerick. Some people believe that it came from the school of poets who lived in Croom, Co. Limerick in the nineteenth […]