Monday 5 February 2024

Progress in Poetry: RUN-ON LIMERICKS (A- and B- rhymes):


  Yes, Virginia. There are "limericks" that have more than 5 lines. Readers of our blogs may well have noticed that a fair number of our verses (that otherwise scan and rhyme like traditional limericks) have a single extra line -- we have written and published over 100 of these 6-line "limerick variants". But, here is a compilation of a couple dozen verses in which the process is extended so that we land up with 7 lines rather than 5/6, a new category of verses that we have decided to name "run-on limericks".

  More importantly perhaps, the contentiously egregious concept of extending limerick verses by adding a pair of C-line rhymes (and occasionally even D-line rhymes) to the standard A- and B-line rhymes was introduced by the prophetic work of Irish limericist Seamus O'Malley, as will be discussed in a future blogpost HERE,  with further exemplification in  pair of follow-up post displaying over 20 such verses.

  To assist readers' further understanding of this issue, the C-extension results in an elegant non-standard 7-line verse, which we have called a "LIMERRHOID". One should beware, as not all 7-line limericks are the result of applying O'Malley's modification. Care must be taken not to confuse this process with the less rigorous addition of extra A- or B-rhyme lines, that result in a "Run-On Limerick".

  In the current post, we are displaying our collection of run-on limericks. Most of these involve the A-rhyme lines, i.e. 1,2,5, and now 6 and 7 (A,A,B,B,A,A,A). A smaller group involve the B-line rhymes, i.e. A,A,B,B,B,B,A. And there are even a few that are of mixed type. We admit that we are less proud of these run-ons than we are of the more creative limerrhoids. But we are pleased to let you know that, considering both types, we have authored more than 50 verses in the limerick family that have 7 lines per verse. And all are singable!!!

(the above foursome is awaiting final approval at OEDILF)

Individual terse verses in this collection can be viewed in a larger format, with their relevant "authors' notes", and oftentimes further photographic elaboration, on our companion blogpost "Daily Illustrated Nonsense".

Editorial Update: As of March 2024, you can now view our collection of edifying posts dealing with the C-rhyme extension of limerick verses that results in a 7- or more line entity known as a "limerrhoid".  Click HERE to get started.  

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