Today is Limerick Day!
In case you didn’t already know it, a limerick is a five-line poem with a strict form, originally popularized in English by Edward Lear. Limericks are frequently witty or humorous, and sometimes obscene with humorous intent.
Hitory of Limericks:
Variants of the form of poetry referred to as Limerick poems can be traced back to the fourteenth century English history. Limericks were used in Nursery Rhymes and other poems for children. But as limericks were short, relatively easy to compose and bawdy or sexual in nature they were often repeated by beggars or the working classes in the British pubs and taverns of the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventh centuries. The poets who created these limericks were therefore often drunkards! Limericks were also referred to as dirty.
The word derives from the Irish town of Limerick. Apparently a pub song or tavern chorus based on the refrain “Will you come up to Limerick?” where, of course, such bawdy songs or ‘Limericks’ were sung.
In honor of Limerick Day (and being of Irish decent) … here’s a little ditty I wrote:
There once was a girl named Rosie
She really liked all kinds of posies
She could sit for hours
Just picking flowers
And walk in the beds on her tip tosies.
Have a happy Limerick Day… And if you are so inclined, send flowers and a limerick to your favorite lad or lass. Just call Eden Florist at 800-966-3336 or 954-981-5515 or visit us online at www.EdenFlorist.com.