Limerick day celebrates the birthday of
Edward Lear (1812-1888), an English writer who made the Limerick
popular. In 1846, Lear wrote his Book of Nonsense, which made these
poems especially admired. The Limerick is named after the third largest
city in Ireland.
Did you know that a Limerick is a five-line poem where the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme, while the third and forth lines rhyme? These short, comical, and musical poems incorporate nonsensical, obscene, and humorous themes. Here is one of Lear’s famous Limericks:
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
To celebrate Limerick Day, read a few funny Limericks, or try writing some of your own. They are guaranteed to make you laugh!
Today is also National Nutty Fudge Day
May is National Bike Month & National Hamburger Month & National Strawberry Month
This week is American Craft Beer Week