Great contribution by the students for our project on the 19th century:

Edwar Lear became famous for his nonsense poems, often in a rhyming form called a limerick. A book of nonsense (1845) was his most famous work, followed by many books of travel writings and by three more volumes of nonsense in the 1870 s.Lear´s poems are still read and enjoyed by many readers.A Form of Poetry? Limerick Poems? Limericks the genre?

The form of poetry referred to as Limerick poems have received bad press and the Limerick poems haven’t a good place in the 'cultivated poetry'. There are three types:• The content of many limericks is often of a bawdy and humorous nature.• A Limerick as a poetry form is by nature simple and short - limericks only have five lines.• And finally the somewhat dubious history of limericks have contributed to the critics attitudes.
Limericks - The History

he Limerick poems appeared on the 14th century. The poems were used in Nursery Rhymes and other poems for children but the Limerick poems are shorts and vulgars. The poems were used by drunkards for centuries.
Where does the term 'Limerick' come from?

The word derives from the Irish town of Limerick. Apparently, a pub song based on the refrain "Will you come up to Limerick?" where, of course, such songs or 'Limericks' were sung.
Limericks - The form

Limericks consist of five anapaestic lines.Lines 1, 2, and 5 of Limericks have seven to ten syllables and rhyme with one another.Lines 3 and 4 of Limericks have five to seven syllables and also rhyme with each other.Limerick

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!'Limerick
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!'

Limerick created by some students
There was a boy from SpainWho goes with his courage by a trainBecause in the nightHe had a hard fightAnd now he feels pain

(By Fran Miranda)

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