Thursday 5 August 2021


Epitomy of boredom
Lengthy limericks ("addendum-icitis")
The multi-verse universe
Singable limericks
Illustrated verse
"Limerrhoids" (C-rhyme extension)
Dual rhyme-schemes
Terminal exclamation
Identity rhymes (homophonous revelries)

Authors' Note:  Although a limerick is traditionally conceived as a 5-line concoction, once a sixth line (L6) is developed, it may become an inherent part of the poem. The rule of the majority being what it is, on the OEDILF site for creating well-honed limericks, the L6 is often demeaned as being only an addendum. The reader may detect that the editors of this blog (Dr. G.H. and his registered pseudonym G. C.) are supporters of efforts to avoid the crashing boredom of a universe of traditional 5-liners.
   On this daily blog, 6-line verses, otherwise adhering to limerick form, can be found on about 200 blogposts for the interval January 2020 to March 2024; generally these involve a final line following the A-rhyme pattern used in lines 1,2, and 5 on occasion, in another couple-dozen poems, second or even third appended A-rhyme lines, or, less commonly, B-line rhymes have also been added. These verses of 7 lines or more are known as run-on limericks.

Authors' Note  The authors can box themselves into writing single defining limericks in the standard format used at OEDILF, the online humor dictionary, and have done so several hundred times. However, they delight in multi-verse limericks which provide a richer space for development of plot lines, contrasts and examples. Currently (December 2023), Giorgio’s Author's Showcase at the OEDILF website displays more than 90 multi-verse entries.         

                      Thanks to MMH for providing the photo, taken in Honolulu.

Authors' Note

pic: informal abbreviation for picture

   The authors have the experience of posting on their blogs (as here), hundreds of their OEDILF limericks that are initially framed as Power-Point slides with embedded pictures (fabric art, paintings including portraits, cell-phone-camera and web-photos) and computer-generated graphics. If the illustrations are abundant, additional slides may be used for elucidation, and are a good vehicle for displaying the Author's Notes. Poetic submissions that seem particularly appropriate for this type of enhancement include verses about biography, wildlife, tourist locations, food, visual arts and recreational activities.


Author's Note:  Well, yes. This verse does go on at length (including a D-rhyme extension), but in a highly regulated fashion that would have been applauded by the famed lyrical seer. He obtained initial support by a cadre of Irish disciples, but to O'Malley's bitter disappointment, his efforts were unsustained globally. In recent writings, we have honored O'Malley's concept by the concoction of a score of poems of the type he would have approved. To view this specialized material, giving an explanation and examples, click HERE !


Authors' NoteWe have a complete post (10 verses or so) devoted to limericks with dual rhyme schemes, as introduced HERE ...


Authors' NoteThis verse is the lead-in to a collection of limerick verses that emphasize a terminal exclamation, sometimes suggested earlier in the verse.
 Ka-pow! (variant kerpow!): comic-book type interjection for a noise emitted when a blow is landed in a fight (often involving a super-hero)
The limericks written by Edward Lear and his contemporaries a century ago often included repetition of the poem's key word at the end of the final line.

IDENTITY RHYMES (homophonous verse)

Authors' Note: This verse is the lead-in to a collection of limerick-like verses that have an unusual rhyming scheme. Instead of the usual A1,A2,B1,B2,A3 pattern, these verses have lines ending in identity rhymes, as in the above verse: A1,A1,B1,B1,A1. Some critics would say that identity rhymes, e.g. perVERSEely / conVERSEly, are not rhymes at all. But when bunched up they have a definite musicality, and can be entertainingly sung at open-mike at a bar. 

To resume daily titillations on our related blog 'Daily Illustrated Nonsense', click HERE. Once you arrive, you can select your time frame of interest from the calendar-based listings in the righthand margin, and check the daily offerings for any month in the years 2020 to the present. (As of September 2023, there are over 1200 unique entries available on the Daily blog, and most of these are also presented here on 'Edifying Nonsense' in topic-based collections.) The 'Daily' format also has the advantage of including some videos and other material that are not shown here on this topic-based blog.

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