Say it with a Limerick
A limerick is a kind of a witty, humorous, or nonsense poem, especially one in five-line anapestic or amphibrachic meter with a strict rhyme scheme (AABBA), which is sometimes obscene with humorous intent. The form can be found in England as of the early years of the 18th century. It was popularized by Edward Lear in the 19th century, although he did not use the term.
The following example of a limerick is of unknown origin:
The limerick packs laughs anatomical
In space that is quite economical,
But the good ones I’ve seen
So seldom are clean,
And the clean ones so seldom are comical.
Gershon Legman, who compiled the largest and most scholarly anthology, held that the true limerick as a folk form is always obscene, and cites similar opinions by Arnold Bennett and George Bernard Shaw, describing the clean limerick as a periodic fad and object of magazine contests, rarely rising above mediocrity. From a folkloric point of view, the form is essentially transgressive; violation of taboo is part of its function.
I was chatting with my daughter this evening and she asked me if I knew that January 23, 2012 is supposed to be the most depressing day of this year. I did not know that and I was skeptical so I googled it and sure enough, there it was. I expect some of us have been getting a little practice in these long winter days in the depression department. So why not join me and have some fun today and let tomorrow take care of itself.
There was a young girl from St Paul
Who wore a newspaper dress to a ball
The dress caught on fire
And burned her entire
Front page, sport’s section and all.
There was a young woman from Mass.
Who had a magnificent ass
Not round and pink
As you probably think
But gray, had long ears and ate grass.
Please do not take the limericks seriously. It is all in jest. Mainstreamfair.