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donniemdonniem Posts: 5,552 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

There was a school to the south,

and whenever they opened their mouth,

they would moan and they'd whine,

But they could never hold the line

So on there Gator tails we would dine.


Observed annually on May 12th, National Limerick Day celebrates the birthday of English artist, illustrator, author, and poet Edward Lear (May 12, 1812 – Jan. 29, 1888). Lear is known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry, prose, and limericks.

The day also celebrates the limerick poem. Limerick poems were popularized by Edward Lear’s book “Book of Nonsense” in 1846. A limerick is a very short, humorous, nonsense poem. Within a limerick, there are five lines. The first two lines rhyme with the fifth line and the third and fourth line rhyme together.

The Limerick also has a particular rhythm which is officially described as anapestic trimeter. 


By Edward Lear

There was a Young Lady whose chin

Resembled the point of a pin;

So she had it made sharp, and purchased a harp,

And played several tunes with her chin.

While Lear is credited with popularizing the Limerick, the poetry style existed long before the publication of his book. Even so, the Limerick celebrates fun turns of phrase, rhythm, and humor in short form. It also plays with words and peoples’ expectations.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLimerickDay

Enter a Limerick contest with a poem of your own. Read and share your favorite Limericks using #NationalLimerickDay to post on social media. If you don’t have a favorite, try reading Looney Limericks compiled by Frank Jacobs.

Care to make a limerick for us?


  • ForestryDawgForestryDawg Posts: 29,202 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    A Vol hit the bars on gameday eve

    Scoring the hottest chick he'd ever seen

    They went back to her place

    And as he pulled off her lace

    In a low voice, she said "Hey brother, it's me."

  • ForestryDawgForestryDawg Posts: 29,202 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    The Vols hail from Tennessee

    They don't know their ABCs

    When they lose to UGA by dozens

    They'll go back to their cousins

    In order to preserve family trees

  • GradyDawg85GradyDawg85 Posts: 436 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited May 2022

    There once was a team Volunteers

    Whose false hope makes us Dawgs laugh and jeer

    The Vols keep on wishin

    When not they are b^tchin

    That finally this is their year

  • TurkDawgTurkDawg Posts: 1,600 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    When our DAWGS met Bama AGAIN

    Some said it would be more of the SAME

    Then up jumped Ringo,

    And a pick-six - BINGO!

    Won us the championship GAME!

  • BEACHDAWGBEACHDAWG Posts: 3,195 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    There once was a man from Madras

    Whose cohones were made out brass

    When he rubbed them together

    They played Stormy Weather

    And lightening shot out of his azz

    ??...too far?hope not it is 2022

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