April 7, 2024

APR 7, limerick variations: lengthy limericks (the 6th line)

reprise from 2020

APR 8, limerick variations: lengthy limericks - the 6th line

Authors' Note:  Although a limerick is traditionally conceived as a 5-line concoction, once a sixth line ('L6') is developed, it may become an inherent part of the poem. The rule of the majority being what it is, on the OEDILF site for creating well-honed limericks, the L6 is often demeaned as being only an addendum. The reader may detect that the editors of this blog (Dr. G. H. and his registered pseudonym G. C.) are supporters of efforts to avoid the crashing boredom of a universe of traditional 5-liners.
On this daily blog, 6-line verses, otherwise adhering to limerick form, can be found on about 150 blogposts for the interval January 2020 to March 2024; generally these involve a single final "extra" line following the A-rhyme pattern used in lines 1,2, and 5. On occasion, in another 2-3 dozen poems, second or third appended lines have also been added; we have named these verses of 7 or more lines "run-on limericks". They are discussed in more detail in a post ("Limerick Variations") on our more encyclopedic blog "Edifying Nonsense". 

A comment on the multi-verse limerick (a multitude of 5 line-stanzas) can be found HERE.

You can review our entire collection of poems on the topic of "Limerick Variations" as compiled on our more encyclopedic blog "Edifying Nonsense", by clicking HERE.  


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