The Limerick is a traditional Irish strict form poem. It consists of 5 lines, lines 1, 2, 5 rhyme as do 3 and 4. Lines 3 and 4 are shorter and line 5 is a punchline. In terms of subject humorous, ranging from cheeky to crude, irreverent, satirical and surreal. But it doesn’t have to be.
Below I’ve posted a couple of ‘new serious’ examples to illustrate my point. The beauty of the Limerick is it’s rhyme scheme lends itself to a fast punchy flow of words.
It is also concise and can be extremely versatile and generally should be regarded in higher esteem than it is A few examples of subject including a Bawdy one to finish .
I loved you as if love was the air,
all pervading and everywhere
you were my reason
and also my treason
but you left so now I don’t care
A special time is the winter’s edge
as the turbid sky appears to dredge
icy rain, bleak fog and snow,
over the land, but all kids know
it will soon be time to dust off the sledge
There once was a young man from York
who really didn’t like to talk
though his lips never moved
a mouth could be proved
Cos it opened when approached by a fork.
There was a big lass from Dover
who spied a 4-leafed clover
Cos the size of her Tum
was the same as her Bum
she picked it without falling over
At the top of the tour Eiffel
her lust she just couldn’t stifle
she put sponge,cream & jelly
with custard on her belly
& said anyone fancy a Trifle ?