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Anyone Got A Limerick?

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 29 Sep 2014, 11:26

I'm suffering 'withdrawal symptoms already from Kismet's Writing Challenge, so before i retire [ahem, much earlier than last night], here is a little limerick I thought I should do. Thanks to CMM for giving me inspiration, or creating a monster, :roll:

A chap called Biggles:

Biggles was a top chap with much-vaunted verve
Yet some baddies thought he had quite a nerve
Through many scrapes & missions of derring-do
He was never shown to be slap dash
Preferring instead to use his panache.
They've been working together for so long that each seems to know by a sort of telepathy when another is in trouble. One never seems to get them together. Get one & the others come after him. To give the devil his due they make a formidable team.
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Re: Anyone Got A Limerick?

Postby Kismet » 29 Sep 2014, 11:56

:lol:

OK. I've got something to think about on today's walk now, thanks OzB.
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Re: Anyone Got A Limerick?

Postby Fairblue » 29 Sep 2014, 12:05

Nice one, OzB. :thumbup:
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Re: Anyone Got A Limerick?

Postby Kismet » 29 Sep 2014, 14:20

There was a young man named Biggles
Whose name gave all the girls giggles
It became his aim
To change his name
To some unreadable squiggles.
'Major Bigglesworth' said Von Stalhein coldly, 'there are times when I seriously wonder if you were created by the devil just to annoy me.'
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Re: Anyone Got A Limerick?

Postby Frederique » 29 Sep 2014, 16:03

Oh, well done, both of you! :claphappy: Those are really good.

I foresee a new limerick obsession developing among the Forum members...
"Where the dickens did you spring from?" he inquired.
"Oh, I was just hanging around, you know, in case I was wanted," returned Algy lightly.

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Re: Anyone Got A Limerick?

Postby kylie_koyote » 29 Sep 2014, 18:27

Frederique wrote:Oh, well done, both of you! :claphappy: Those are really good.

I foresee a new limerick obsession developing among the Forum members...


I can usually come up with the first two lines, it's the rest of it I find difficult.

Perhaps in RPG style, we can craft one as a group?

There once was a fellow called Lissie
Whom someone once branded a Sissy....
"For goodness sake stop that Yankee drawl, or you'll have us all doing it before you've finished."
"OK baby - sorry - I mean, righto."
"That's better."
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Re: Anyone Got A Limerick?

Postby Frederique » 29 Sep 2014, 18:35

No matter how hard he would try,
The monocle fell from his eye
In moments so inconvenient,
His boss could never be lenient.....
"Where the dickens did you spring from?" he inquired.
"Oh, I was just hanging around, you know, in case I was wanted," returned Algy lightly.

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Re: Anyone Got A Limerick?

Postby SaintedAunt » 29 Sep 2014, 19:36

May I just point out… in a proper limerick, the rhythm is as important as the rhyme. Not one of the limericks so far has got the rhythm right :nono:

You may hate me for saying this but I'm afraid it is so :twisted: I recommend Edward Lear, and offer you the quote below from Wikipedia - I looked it up even though I knew how it ought to sound because I couldn't think of a good way of explaining it!

The standard form of a limerick is a stanza of five lines, with the first, second and fifth rhyming with one another and having three feet of three syllables each; and the shorter third and fourth lines also rhyming with each other, but having only two feet of three syllables. The defining "foot" of a limerick's meter is usually the anapaest, (ta-ta-TUM)...

I do like a good limerick… but actually, 'Biggles' is quite a challenge!

The nearest to the correct rhythm so far is Fred's first two lines:

There once was a fellow called Lissie
Whom someone once branded a Sissy….


but then she goes rhythmically astray - and she a musician :o

Kismet's is nearly right…

If she will permit me to add a few syllables to demonstrate the perfect rhythm…

There once was a young man named Biggles
Whose surname gave all the girls giggles
It became his main aim
To alter his name
To some dreadful unreadable squiggles.

Well now - I expect none of you will speak to me again after this but I am unrepentant :lol: :roll:
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Re: Anyone Got A Limerick?

Postby Fairblue » 29 Sep 2014, 19:45

SaintedAunt wrote:
The nearest to the correct rhythm so far is Fred's first two lines:

There once was a fellow called Lissie
Whom someone once branded a Sissy….
.



:sorry2: KK'S first two lines, SA.


SaintedAunt wrote:There once was a young man named Biggles
Whose surname gave all the girls giggles
It became his main aim
To alter his name
To some dreadful unreadable squiggles.

I much prefer example. :lol:
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Re: Anyone Got A Limerick?

Postby Frederique » 29 Sep 2014, 20:11

SaintedAunt wrote: but then she goes rhythmically astray - and she a musician :o
:sorry: I have an excuse: I had no idea what a limerick was meant to be. I just thought "poem" and went for it...

I'll make up for it, though.
There once was a pilot named Algy,
To whom Biggles first had an allergy.
His freckles, his smile,
His charm and his style,
Soon put him in fangirls' mythology.

Apart from the last word (I was desperate, alright, and I thought "elegy" would spark riots), is that better?
(P.S. The underlined words are the down-beats. The word directly before each underlined word is what we would call in music an anacrusis *nods to SA*. Would AA be proud?)

SaintedAunt wrote: Well now - I expect none of you will speak to me again after this but I am unrepentant :lol: :roll:
You were perfectly right to correct us. :mrgreen:
"Where the dickens did you spring from?" he inquired.
"Oh, I was just hanging around, you know, in case I was wanted," returned Algy lightly.

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Re: Anyone Got A Limerick?

Postby kylie_koyote » 29 Sep 2014, 20:16

SaintedAunt wrote:The nearest to the correct rhythm so far is Fred's first two lines:

There once was a fellow called Lissie
Whom someone once branded a Sissy….



*Very small voice* That was me, actually. :oops: I can't manage the rest of it, Fred was helping me out.
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Re: Anyone Got A Limerick?

Postby Frederique » 29 Sep 2014, 20:20

kylie_koyote wrote:
SaintedAunt wrote:The nearest to the correct rhythm so far is Fred's first two lines:

There once was a fellow called Lissie
Whom someone once branded a Sissy….



*Very small voice* That was me, actually. :oops: I can't manage the rest of it, Fred was helping me out.

Yes, your first two lines were fine, and then...

Well, I have written a proper Algy limerick in penance, using SA's guidelines. :mrgreen:
"Where the dickens did you spring from?" he inquired.
"Oh, I was just hanging around, you know, in case I was wanted," returned Algy lightly.

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Re: Anyone Got A Limerick?

Postby Kismet » 29 Sep 2014, 20:21

I knew I hadn't got the right number of syllables. I was just being lazy so you are quite right to correct me, SA.
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Re: Anyone Got A Limerick?

Postby Fairblue » 29 Sep 2014, 20:27

Fred, I take my hat off to you for producing an excellent limerick from SA's description. Being non-musical I'm afraid I could only just follow SA's explanation but a lot of it went right over my head. An example was much more use to me. :lol:
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Re: Anyone Got A Limerick?

Postby Frederique » 29 Sep 2014, 20:32

Fairblue wrote:Fred, I take my hat off to you for producing an excellent limerick from SA's description.
Aw. I feel better now. I, er, also feel guilty about the fact that I should have been revising French vocabulary for Tourism and Holidays, instead of finding words which rhyme with "Algy"... :oops: Seriously, though, who would not choose Algy poetry over talking about the cost of living and a change of scenery in French?
"Where the dickens did you spring from?" he inquired.
"Oh, I was just hanging around, you know, in case I was wanted," returned Algy lightly.

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Re: Anyone Got A Limerick?

Postby SaintedAunt » 29 Sep 2014, 21:09

KK - many many apologies :sorry:

I am glad some of you are still talking to me, as I thought I might have to :scared:

Nice Algy one, Fred - it is you this time? I have got it right?

Thank you for underlining the downbeat… so that's what an anacrusis is - thank you. What it is to have a musician around. Yes, AA would be proud :D
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Re: Anyone Got A Limerick?

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 30 Sep 2014, 10:34

Fairblue wrote:Fred, I take my hat off to you for producing an excellent limerick from SA's description. Being non-musical I'm afraid I could only just follow SA's explanation but a lot of it went right over my head. An example was much more use to me. :lol:


Thanks for the info, unfortunately way above my 'pay grade' too, lol. Sadly I haven't got a musical bone in my body, but will do a bit more reading on meter, feet etc (probably something our poor frustrated English teacher tried to teach us in high school). :oops:
They've been working together for so long that each seems to know by a sort of telepathy when another is in trouble. One never seems to get them together. Get one & the others come after him. To give the devil his due they make a formidable team.
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