Posted by Claudia Moser on 12:12 PM in
In 1846, The 13th Earl of Derby, Edward Lear, published A Book of Nonsense, dedicated to his great grandchildren, grand nephews and grand nieces. The book is a collection of drawings and silly verses, typically 5 line poems with lines 1, 2 & 5 rhyming and lines 3 & 4 rhyming with each other. After the book was published, limericks became very popular in England.

Thus, the BFF 108 topic is "Limericks"...

And Edward Lear had a couple which I would like to share with you, maybe while walking in Nürnberg I will get inspired and write my own, but till then bear with me, I am on holiday :)))

There was an Old Man in a tree,
Who was horribly bored by a Bee;
When they said, 'Does it buzz?'
He replied, 'Yes, it does!'
'It's a regular brute of a Bee!'

There was an Old Man of Kilkenny,
Who never had more than a penny;
He spent all that money,
In onions and honey,
That wayward Old Man of Kilkenny.

There was an Old Man with a flute,
A sarpint ran into his boot;
But he played day and night,
Till the sarpint took flight,
And avoided that man with a flute.

There was an Old Person whose habits,
Induced him to feed upon rabbits;
When he'd eaten eighteen,
He turned perfectly green,
Upon which he relinquished those habits.

And to finish on a happy note:

Picture from here



I have to smile when I think about how men Engländer still like to recite dirty limericks when they get drunk álà: "There once was this girl from Nantucket, who traversed the sea in a bucket..."

@Weissdorn - true, very nice picture!

Anonymous says:

I love this!!! Awesome! =D

I love that last one!

I often wonder if limericks are the first 'poetry' we discover as children. They seem so simple, yet can be so difficult to write well.

This took me back in time! We had The Book of Nonsense as children. I admit to having thought it just that and never could understand why anyone ever enjoyed it ;)

I can't wait to see your own limerick! I remember some of these from books I had as a child.

Here is one from me:

There was an old woman called,
Who threw a new coin in a well.
She made a nice wish,
But out jumped a fish.
It scared her so much that she fell.

WONDERFUL!!! *applause* I love that last one! Great entry for BFF 108!

I loved limericks as a kid. These were great. Thanks!!

I love this, and that cartoon had me roaring.

I loved these! You did a great job :)

@Diana J - thank you!
@Sarah - the last one is really cool! And you are right, it isn't easy to write one!
@Desiree - you did? That is nice!
@Belle - I promise I will do my best and write one when I am back!
@Darlene - thank you, I took an easy way out!
@Barb - welcome!
@Langley - I am glad you liked the cartoon!
@RedBrook - an easy one!

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