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Updated: Apr 28, 2023

While the origin of the limerick is something of a mystery (it shares its name with the city and county of Limerick in western Ireland, and has possible roots in Gaelic folk music), the popularity of its current form is better understood.

Edward Lear (1812-1888), English artist, musician, author, is famously known for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose, and especially his limericks, a form he popularized. One of his most famous -

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!

Other famous authors have also done well penning a limerick - just a few

So, in honor of St. Patrick's Day, try your hand at a limerick, post it on the Forum, we'd love to see it!

There once was a writer from _____________

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