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A short sometimes bawdy, humorous poem of consisting of five anapaestic lines. Lines 1, 2, and 5 of a Limerick have seven to ten syllables and rhyme with one another.
Lines 3 and 4 have five to seven syllables and also rhyme with each other.
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Limericks were used in Nursery Rhymes and other poems for children.

Limericks have been traced back to the fourteenth century English history.
The word Limerick comes from the Irish town of Limerick.
The content of Limericks is often bawdy and humorous nature.
A Limerick as poetry is simple and short, as Limericks only have five lines.

Examples of Limericks

The following limericks by Edward Lear from A Book of Nonsense:-

There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, ‘It is just as I feared!
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!’

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!’

Good luck with the April Contest, Yours Ian.T


The was a young man from Belgrave
who kept a dead whore in a cave
he said I admit
I'm a bit of a shit
but think of the money I save.

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A great exhibition piece LOL.
You said you would return and be of great use to us here.
I think the concept for this competition is not to be bawdy, here you have surpassed yourself..
Love you my Brother and no matter what it is good to my Spirit to see you here,
Take care of you and know we walk with you, and please take that dead whore out of my cave ..
Yours as always

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Yours as always, Ian.T, Sparrow, and Yenti

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