There was an old fellow called Lear

There was an old fellow called Lear,
Who was full of good humour and cheer;
By the light of the moon, 
With a runcible spoon,
He would dance at the end of the pier.

Il limerick è un breve componimento in poesia, tipico della lingua inglese, dalle ferree regole (nonostante le infinite eccezioni), di contenuto umoristico o anche apertamente nonsense, che ha generalmente il proposito di far ridere o quantomeno sorridere.

Un limerick è sempre composto di cinque versi, di cui i primi due e l’ultimo, rimati tra loro, contengono tre piedi e dunque tre accenti (stress); il terzo e il quarto, a loro volta rimati tra loro, ne contengono solo due. Le rime seguono dunque lo schema: A A B B A.

N.B. Questo limerick è un omaggio al grande Edward Lear, autore di tanti limericks nella seconda metà dell’Ottocento e inventore dell’aggettivo nonsense runcible.

Limerick © Tony Lawson
Immagine © Silvia Perricone

Your comments are always very welcome.


Author: Tony

Born and raised in Malaysia between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Educated at Wycliffe College in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, England. Living in the foothills of Mount Etna since 1982 and teaching English at Catania University since 1987.

12 thoughts on “There was an old fellow called Lear”

  1. We really got nice stuff in here, Tony. I like this limerick, but what really surprised me is the way the drawing described it.
    Great job, Silvia, waiting for the next one!

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  2. As I wandered through Ingliando one fine day,
    I met Tony, a teacher who had a funny way.
    He didn’t want our money, just a laugh or two,
    With jokes, puns, and wordle games to make us feel anew.
    With Pzeco, Cloudio, and Toni, every morning was a chance to play!

    Liked by 1 person

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