Read Aloud: Dirty Limericks

A bit less than 200 years ago, Edward Lear sat down somewhere in England and wrote a particular series of poems in a particular style that eventually was dubbed “limerick style.” As an isolated event, this was not particularly revolutionary. But the effect was big! After Lear published his compilation of verses—Book of Nonsense—in 1846, other authors began to emulate his simple form. By definition, a limerick is a short poem composed of five lines with an aabba rhyme scheme. Stylistically, it is short and nonsensical and vulgar. In the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day’s imminent arrival, The Weekender has compiled a series of readings to provide a dose of Irishism.