May 12th Limerick Day

Limericks were created by William Edward Lear who lived from 1812 to 1888 in his Book of Nonsense written in 1846. A limerick is a humorous verse, or poem, that is 5 lines long with the first, second and fifth lines in ryhme, and the 3rd and 4th in ryhme. The limerick is named after Limerick, Ireland.

There once 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”

How to celebrate – Make up your own limericks. Visit Limerick, Ireland. Read the “Book of Nonsense”


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