The limerick will never be labeled a literary classic, nor does it stand up to Ireland’s other rich and complex lyrical poetic forms, but it has enjoyed great popularity for more than two centuries. The five-line structure lives within the jokes, puns, pranks, and wisecracks of countless immortal and ordinary poets, making it one of the most famous English-language fixed verse forms. From pub to campus to nursery rhymes, the limerick lives on.
|Structure:||Five lines; other variations exist (but are rare)|
|Measure/Beat:||Iambic trimeter in first, second, fifth lines; dimeter in third and fourth lines|
|Common Themes:||Puns, travels, barroom humor, sex|