Reading Riot: Smile, It’s National Limerick Day!
Hey, it’s National Limerick Day! It’s also the birthday of English artist and poet Edward Lear (May 12, 1812 – Jan. 29, 1888), who was known as “Father of the Limerick” for his literary nonsense poetry.
Limericks are very short, humorous nonsense poems that are completely silly and pointless but also fun and easy to create. And they are guaranteed to make you smile.
Each limerick is made up of five lines. The first two lines rhyme with the fifth and the third and fourth rhyme together.
Try writing a few limericks of your own and celebrate Lear’s birthday with a silly rhyme.
Here’s a sample to get you started:
There was a young lady whose nose,
Continually prospers and grows.
When it grew out of sight,
She exclaimed in a fright,
“Oh! Farewell to the end of my nose!”
Edward Lear, 1846
You’re never too old to enjoy a little nonsense; the library has several collections of limericks to checkout today.
Happy Limerick Day!
Ann McDuffie, Youth Services, Bealeton branch library
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