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Edwar Lear became famous for his nonsense poems, often in a rhyming form called a limerick. A book of nonsense (1845) was his most famous work, followed by many books of travel writings and by three more volumes of nonsense in the 1870 s.
Lear´s poems are still read and enjoyed by many readers.

A Form of Poetry? Limerick Poems? Limericks the genre?

The form of poetry referred to as Limerick poems have received bad press and the Limerick poems haven’t a good place in the 'cultivated poetry'. There are three types:
• The content of many limericks is often of a bawdy and humorous nature.
• A Limerick as a poetry form is by nature simple and short - limericks only have five lines.
• And finally the somewhat dubious history of limericks have contributed to the critics attitudes.

Limericks - The History

he Limerick poems appeared on the 14th century. The poems were used in Nursery Rhymes and other poems for children but the Limerick poems are shorts and vulgars. The poems were used by drunkards for centuries.

Where does the term 'Limerick' come from?

The word derives from the Irish town of Limerick. Apparently, a pub song based on the refrain "Will you come up to Limerick?" where, of course, such songs or 'Limericks' were sung.

Limericks - The form

Limericks consist of five anapaestic lines.
Lines 1, 2, and 5 of Limericks have seven to ten syllables and rhyme with one another.
Lines 3 and 4 of Limericks have five to seven syllables and also rhyme with each other.


There was an Old Man in a tree,
Who was horribly bored by a Bee;
When they said, 'Does it buzz?'
He replied, 'Yes, it does!'
'It's a regular brute of a Bee!'


There 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!'

Our limerick

There was a boy from Spain
Who goes with his courage by a train
Because in the night
He had a hard fight
And now he feels pain


  1. Fran Miranda said...
    I'm Fran Miranda, the writer of the limerick. I'm very happy to be a member of this group, I have to say that the Limericks are very interesting and I like it so much.
    Gonzalo Romero said...
    At first I thought that the Limericks would be boring but after
    I realized that the limericks are ver curious and some are humoristic
    Ana Concejero said...
    Yes, I agree with you, limericks are very interesting and some of them are quite funny, like the one you made up!
    Good job, guys.
    Domingo Antonio Romero Gómez said...
    muy buen trabajo,a seguir asin compañeros
    Miguel Ángel García said...
    Congratulations Fran!, Good job, a quite clear summary. You are very good at doing projects like this one.
    abdeladim said...
    buen trabajo Fran,a seguir trabajando de esta manera

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