What Constitutes a Limerick?


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    What Constitutes a Limerick?

    Tips and pointers for writing a proper limerick.

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    Moved from the Limerick thread:

    Quote Originally Posted by shedpog329 View Post
    In all due respect, we've been playing the game for what 5 years? Does the anapest argument really have to become so up to date?

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    didnt see this....it is a game tho. i don't think everyone needs to get so worked up about it. Just play

    anyway, if you guys wanna write anapests together I guess this is the place now

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    To me part of the fun is to make it funny while challenging yourself to follow the rules of meter and rhyme. That being said, when I post on the limerick game thread, I try to do my best to follow those rules. If someone less experienced flubs a rhyme or adds an extra syllable I'm content to turn a blind eye and keep it going as long as it appears they made an effort. The only reason I pointed out Bloggsworth's error was because he in turn was pointing out astroannie's "error" which actually was a perfectly fine first line of a limerick.

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    Okay, interesting fact I just learned, which explains a world of new thoughts...a limerick "traditionally" is about a person from a place, usually with the place establishing the rhyme.

    It explains why Bloggsworth was being such a geographical landlord this whole time and why the first two pages of the Limerick thread all began with a place.

    Another one too, "traditionally" a Limerick is supposed to begin and end with the same line?

    Here I was assuming they were all just nursery rhymes with a pun. Go figure.

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    Started by a paper in St. John, New Brunswick

    Best description and form for a limerick:

    Writing a Limerick's absurd,
    Line one and line five rhyme in word,
    And just as you've reckoned
    They rhyme with the second;
    The fourth line must rhyme with the third.

    Holding strict pronunciation of words is ridiculous, though. Try and make the words fit, if they absolutely don't - hold your tongue. It's a game.
    Cheers,
    Elven

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    Don't hesitate to PM me if you need a critique, a word of encouragement, or just someone to talk to. I listen well.

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    This limerick makes me laugh...

    There was a tall man from Cornwall,
    whose length exceeded his bed.
    My body fits on it, but barely upon it,
    There’s no room for my big Cornish head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curtis View Post
    This limerick makes me laugh...

    There was a tall man from Cornwall,
    whose length exceeded his bed.
    My body fits on it, but barely upon it,
    There’s no room for my big Cornish head.
    But this ^ has only 4 lines, and just two of them rhyme. A Limerick has 5 lines. Lines 1, 2, and 5 have 7-10 syllables that rhyme. Lines 3 & 4 have 5-7 syllables that rhyme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curtis View Post
    This limerick makes me laugh...

    There was a tall man from Cornwall,
    whose length exceeded his bed.
    My body fits on it, but barely upon it,
    There’s no room for my big Cornish head.

    This is NOT a limerick. Whoever sold it to you RIPPED YOU OFF!!!!
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    Looks better this way:

    There was a tall man from Cornwall,
    whose length exceeded his bed.
    My body fits on it,
    but barely upon it,

    There’s no room for my big Cornish head.

    I was fighting with temptation but I didn't want to win.
    A man like me don't like to see temptation caving in.
    Leonard Cohen

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