42 is the Right Answer, Day 26

sunflower sI thought I’d try lightening the mood with today’s creative writing prompt. I’m asking for a Limerick, and I’m giving you the first line:

‘A poor writer who sat in the sun…’

A Limerick is just five lines of verse, with a distinct rhythm. Lines one, two and five should rhyme with each other and be of eight to ten syllables, and lines three and four should rhyme with each other and be of five to seven syllables.

Edward Lear was famous for his humorous verses and Limericks – here is one of his most famous. Read it aloud to get the feel of the rhythm.

 There was an old man with a beard

Who said, “It is just as I feared!

Two owls and a hen,

Four larks and a wren,

Have all built their nests in my beard!”

He used eight and then five syllables but cheated a bit with the final word – instead of rhyming with line one, he repeated the word. Maybe he didn’t have access to a rhyming dictionary? You have no excuses – Google has no end of them for your perusal.

Limericks are usually a bit of fun, and children tend to like them because of the regular meter and the nonsense element.

More adult themes would be the kind of Limerick featured in the competition ‘Bring your Limericks to Limerick’, which has run during the summer for the past seven years. The winner walks away with a €500 prize, which is a good return for five lines of nonsense. You can find out more here.


Back to Basics – if you need to catch up,  it started  here (but we’re over half way through already. Where have you been?)

I intend posting prompts here each day (until May Day) at 5pm – alive at five (Dublin time).