The limerick consists of five anapestic lines rhymed aabba. The first, second, and fifth lines are trimeter; the third and fourth lines are dimeter. The form dates back at least to the fourteenth century. In its modern form, it is often, though not always, bawdy.
A blog that collects a number of sites relating to Edward Lear, the creator of the limerick.
This interactive 'net artifact is an exercise in computer glossolalia that allows users to randomly generate metrically perfect nonsense-limericks--in an "alien" (that is, not spoken, now nor ever, on Earth) language.
List of print books of and on limericks, compiled by Karl Dilcher.
A limerick blog, with a clean, humorous limerick posted each day. Includes a limerick generator and accepts submissions.
Limerick writing for kids. By Bruce Lansky.
The two earliest known books of limericks, with a link to a third. Part of an Edward Lear home page.
A daily (ribald) limerick, with an archive of previously featured limericks.
Invites visitors to write and rate limericks. Includes a "how to" section and a description of the form.
A limerick page for children, with a simple explanation and some family-friendly examples, including the option to print out limericks in color. Be warned: the site generates pop-up and new-browser-window ads.
Limericks by teachers in England. Includes suggestions for classroom activities.
A brief history and explanation along with numerous examples from "A Book of Nonsense" by Edward Lear.
A discussion of the form by Joel D. Ash, a writer of serious limericks, with examples of serious limerick poetry, including one of his own. However, beware: the two links to books of and about limericks do not work.
Clean and funny limericks.
Huge and still growing collection of limericks both naughty and nice. Visitors can also add a line to the mass limerick.
Limericks and short lines by Slava Meskhi. English, Russian and Georgian languages.
A project to write at least one limerick for every word in the English language.
Translations of English and Polish limericks (English-Polish and Polish-English).
From the Maigue poets to Ogden Nash, witty wordsmiths have delighted in composing the oft-risqué five-line verses. Introductory article.
A limerick blog. The limericks, however, are not in the classic form, and the rhymes are often not exact.
The original Nantucket limerick published in the Princeton Tiger in 1924, with various extensions that appeared in other publications.
A brief but insightful description of the limerick form.
The incomplete collected limericks of Richard C. Long.
An article with commentary from The Pentatette concerning early limerick-like prayers written by St. Thomas Aquinas.
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