Wednesday 10 November 2021
A Corner of the Poet's World: LIMERICK VARIATIONS
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 180 blogposts for the interval January 2020 to March 2023; generally these involve a final line following the A-rhyme pattern used in lines 1,2, and 5; on occasion, in another 2-3 dozen poems, second or third appended lines have also been added.
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)
Line 6: occasionally used sixth line of a limerick, unheard of in the early days of the modality, finding some currency among modern authors. See our poem 'Addendum-icitis'.
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.
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 and his followers. Support by a cadre of Irish disciples had materialized initially, but to O'Malley's bitter disappointment, was unsustained globally.
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 (April 2023), Giorgio’s ‘Author's Showcase' at the OEDILF website displays 80 multi-verse entries.
pic: informal abbreviation for 'picture’
The author has the experience of posting on his blogs (as here) and on his Facebook profile, hundreds of his 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.
Authors' Note: We have a complete post (10 verses or so) devoted to limericks with dual rhyme schemes!, as introduced here ...
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Posted by Giorgio Coniglio at November 10, 2021