Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Poetry Thursday 170 - Limericks

Edward Lear was an English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet. He was most famous for his nonsense prose and poetry and popularised the writing of limericks. He also wrote amusing poems like The Owl and the Pussycat and The Jumblies.

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Edward Lear 1812 - 1888

It would have been interesting to chat to the man. His writing has so many interesting things to see and corners to turn round, it would be an education to hear him explain how he developed such richness in his imagery.

There was an Old Person of Dean,
Who dined on one pea and one bean;
For he said, “More than that would make me too fat,”
That cautious Old Person of Dean.

Now my words,

My Limericks

There was a young man of Seaburn
Who could never football lessons learn
He forever tripped over
Stiff clumps of clover
To play for Sunderland he did yearn
© David L Atkinson July 2015

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There was a young girl of Ryhope
Who could skip for a day with a rope
She skipped in the morning
On into the evening
Till she slipped on a bar of soap
© David L Atkinson July 2015

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There was a young man of Sunderland
Whose team resembled blunderland
They huffed and they puffed
Played till they were stuffed
A win would send him to wonderland
© David L Atkinson July 2015

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There was a man who played cricket
He hit a six to a thicket
They searched for the ball
Until the nightfall
When he finally retired his wicket
© David L Atkinson July 2015

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There was a young lady of Hever
Whose husband tried to deceive her
He was rarely at home
And tended to roam
In his searching for fresh beaver
© David L Atkinson July 2015

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There was a man of Chipping Norton
Completed his education at Eton
He became prime minister
Not really that sinister
Neither qualified by subjects taught on.
© David L Atkinson July 2015

God Bless