Verse at the Library - This week - Limericks!! and bring a poem or two to share

This week, as usual, bring in a couple of your own poems (or ones from a favorite author) to discuss -(please remember to bring in 6 copies of your work to share with others)

And - our first verse meetup topic - drum roll please  ....

Limericks - 

No don't groan - or cheer too quickly - The form is fairly simple

with rhymes AABBA - the first second and fifth line rhyme together and the third and fourth rhyme together.  

Some people just love this form and would create untold gigabytes using and promoting it - see Mad Kane's blog - But others like me just get frustrated. Being so over done it is hard to come up with something original, unique, memorable....  in such a constricting format - still it's fun to try - and having a rich history of "dirty limericks" opens up the playing field to just about anything - 

Please note- many limericks do not strictly follow the pattern above but they do come close - so give it your best shot this week and bring in your own limerick (or two or three) to share. Not feeling inspired - then find a favorite from the internet - should be fun

See you there!

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  • William R.

    Our meetup was more than a hoot, for no one was given the boot. We read all our poetry and did no geometry, not bad for a passle of coots.

    November 6, 2013

  • William R.

    If I understand correctly, limericks are like Irish rap. They began during the Napoleonic wars when soldiers from Limerick were in France and sang together in pubs a well known song about going to Limerick, in which the chorus was presented by any and various in more or less the above form. It was sort of competitive to see who could come up with the bawdiest chorus.

    1 · November 4, 2013

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