Crockham Hill November 2022 Newsletter - Flipbook - Page 12
I'd rather have Fingers than Toes,
I'd rather have Ears than a Nose.
And as for my Hair,
I'm glad it's all there,
I'll be awfully sad, when it goes
What we do know is that they’ve been with us for a long time – the
earliest limericks date back to the Middle Ages – and that, at their best,
limericks can be very, very funny. They can also demonstrate a masterly
control of verse form and admirable economy of language.
There’s even a limerick in Shakespeare’s Othello. In Shakespeare‘s great
tragedy, written in around 1604, Iago sings a drinking song which he
claims he heard in England:
And let me the canakin clink, clink;
And let me the canakin clink:
A soldier’s a man;
A life’s but a span;
Why then let a soldier drink.
A limerick can be a humorous way to send a message or thank you
although, you do need to be sure the recipient shares your sense of
T’was Christmas two thousand and nine
When Terry and Anne came to dine
They bought with them good mood
Festive cheer and great food
Such a shame that they skimped on the wine.
Warning: some limericks are rather rude, to say the least and are
probably best not printed in our magazine:
The limerick packs laughs anatomical
Into space that is quite economical.
But the good ones I’ve seen
So seldom are clean
And the clean ones so seldom are comical.
Edward Lear who is famous for his nonsense verse, also wrote many
limericks and this was the very first limerick I learned: (I now know a lot
more but most of them could not be printed here.)