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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:15 pm    Post subject: Literary Limericks - Edward Lear bi-centenary competition  Reply with quote

I've just discovered that this year is not just the bi-centenary of Charles Dickens but also of Edward Lear who was born May 12th 1812.  I suggest a new competion - Write A Limerick - Or a Nonsense Verse - on a literary subject.  Contributions eagerly awaited.  I'll start...........

            There was a young poet called Keats
            Whose verse covered thousands of sheets,
            Where a nightingale sang,
            A passing-bell rang,
            And the heart of his genius beats.




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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Before I try my hand at this (and I will!) I have to recycle two old favourites, despite, I’m sure, having posted them before.

First, Wordsworth’s Ode on the Intimations of Immortality:

In childhood ‘tis easy to feel
Th’eternal suffusing the real,
But as the beholder
Grows steadily older,
It doesn’t seem such a big deal.

And Joyce’s autobiographical Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man:

When Ireland was bloody and leaderless,
The tedious, garrulous Dedalus,
Having failed both as priest
And as Glorious Beast
Sailed away to write books that were readerless.



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Splendid, Himadri.  
I'm afraid I couldn't be funny about JK.
Michael


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The sad story of Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Fills a void that not even James Thurber fills
The poor girl went half mad
Buying food for her lad
And was saddled with hundreds of Gerber bills

I think that episode was left out of Hardy's final draft.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was a young lady called Emma
Who loved a romantic dilemma;
But she made quite a hash
When her friends sought a pash,
Though no one quite dared to condemn 'er.

Sorry, that's very bad, it's been a long day - the worst part is that it actually made me laugh!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, that's excellent!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Before anyone accuses me of plagiarism, can I say that the two I put up aren't my own work? I'll try to think of a few later, though.



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great fun, Sandra, Gareth.  Both made me laugh.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm Evie.  Smile


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, I'm Sandra!



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