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    Of course, the original limericks had pretty tame last lines, not Edward Lear at his best - Incidentally, the limerick has nowt to do with the eponymous Irish town or county.

    A silly old man from Dundee
    booked a coach trip to Tralee
    but when he got there
    the cupboard was bare
    that silly old man from Dundee.

    Was the form used by Lear.
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    A bunch of old men in West Minster
    hop lustily after a spinster
    don't you do this to me
    you're not my cup of tea
    you might have more luck with my sister

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloggsworth View Post
    Of course, the original limericks had pretty tame last lines, not Edward Lear at his best - Incidentally, the limerick has nowt to do with the eponymous Irish town or county.

    A silly old man from Dundee
    booked a coach trip to Tralee
    but when he got there
    the cupboard was bare
    that silly old man from Dundee.

    Was the form used by Lear.
    Incidentally, I don't think Lear invented the form, merely popularised it. That is the form with a truncated last foot, one may do that or not as you choose. Truncating either or both the longer and the shorter lines seems to be acceptable, but I always feel that the rhyming lines should be the same length as each other. I think it is a great way to introduce the idea of a formal poetic structure, it is short and not too daunting before you start, the rules are fairly straight forward and simple, and it is meant to be amusing, the structure is the only formal bit.

    The very first one I learned as a child was,

    There was a young lady from Ryde
    Who ate some green apples and died
    The apples fermented
    Inside the lamented
    And made cider inside her inside.

    The word play in the last line fascinated me, as did the long words, lamented and fermented, I think I probably learned what they meant through hearing it. I was probably about six
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    'Bracket twelve plus one forty four' seems to work, but I get no further so maybe that is not it.
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    Bracket twelve plus one forty four
    That was all I got and no more,
    Enough to decipher
    An unknown cipher?
    Or perhaps I am way off the score.

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    I was always a zero in algebra, so this one is too difficult for me.

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    I had to add in an extra "0"...

    A dozen then add in a gross
    The number that two feet have toes
    Then six over seven
    You're almost in heaven
    Add fifty five gets eighty-one plus 0's
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    I had to add in an extra "0"...

    A dozen then add in a gross
    The number that two feet have toes
    Then six over seven
    You're almost in heaven
    Add fifty five gets eighty-one plus 0's

    Twelve added to one forty four
    Twenty plus three times square of four
    All this over seven
    And five times eleven
    Is nine squared and not one bit more
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    I wanted to be more productive
    My lifestyle was stale and destructive
    I made me a list
    In hopes to assist
    But dam* that TV is seductive


    You cannot rhyme purple, it's said
    You'll try it from now 'til you're dead
    Though that may be true
    You still can rhyme blue
    And then you can add in some red
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