It’s now that time of year
Where all good folk gather near;
Let down their hair and soak up the sun
Run all day and celebrate fun
Casting out all doubt and fear!
The Limerick is a sort of nonsense poem with a more musical rhythm that makes it light and enjoyable. They were first recognized when published by Edward Lear (English artist, poet, author) in his Book of Nonsense in 1846. Since then, the poem style has grown quite popular and serves as a fun pastime for lovers of short, simple, often humorous writing.
Limerick Day is celebrated on May 12th in honor of Lear’s birthday. The typical limerick involves 5 lines of prose where the first and second lines rhyme with the fifth, and the third and fourth lines rhyme together. Or, the “AABBA” rhyme scheme. More traditional limericks involve a specific person and place and are more moderately obscene in nature; but just like any form of poetry, there are no real rules to follow when creating your own prose.
To celebrate Limerick Day, consider writing some of your own! They are easy and quick, and can offer quite a bit of humor for yourself, friends, and family as this unofficial holiday swiftly approaches.