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(An enjoyable group effort, so seemed worth rescuing!)

 

megustaleer 26th March 2006 09:58 AM

 

First, a definition:

 

What Is A Limerick?

"A light, humorous style of fixed form poetry. Its usual form consists of five lines with the rhyme scheme aabba; lines 1, 2, and 5 contain three feet, while lines 3 and 4 usually contain two feet. Limericks range in subject matter from the silly to the obscene..."

 

Example - in Limerick form:

 

A: What is a limerick, Mother?

A: It's a form of verse, said brother

B: In which lines one and two

B: Rhyme with five when it's through

A: And three and four rhyme with each other.

 

The Game (yet another that I've nicked from 'The Ship Of Fools')

 

I will post a first line below, then we take turns to post a line in the Limerick form. The person who posts the fifth line also posts the first line of the next Limerick.

 

 

A BGO member said "Look!"

 

Adrian 26th March 2006 10:19 AM

 

A BGO member said "Look!"

In this dyke, my finger is stuck

 

elfstar 26th March 2006 11:55 AM

A BGO member said "Look!"

In this dyke, my finger is stuck

I'ld get it out if I could

 

Claire 26th March 2006 12:26 PM

I'ld get it out if I could

But my shoe's full of mud,

 

deirdreofthesorrows 26th March 2006 02:24 PM

 

A BGO member said look!

In this dyke my finger is stuck

I'd get out if I could

But my shoes fulll of mud

 

And my face is stuck in this book!

 

 

Next one ?

 

A lad was sitting on a hill

 

Claire 26th March 2006 05:20 PM

 

Nice!

Next one ?

 

A lad was sitting on a hill

He shouted, "Hello, Uncle Bill!"

 

elfstar 26th March 2006 05:39 PM

Nice!

 

He shouted, "Hello, Uncle Bill!"

There are no spaces here....

 

megustaleer 26th March 2006 05:45 PM

There are no spaces here....

But Harriet's near!

 

(edited to add - where is NSA, anyway? He's not been around for nearly a fortnight)

 

elfstar 27th March 2006 07:20 AM

 

I wish she'd stop calling me Will!

 

megustaleer 27th March 2006 08:56 AM

 

Complete second limerick:

 

A lad was sitting on a hill,

He shouted "Hello, Uncle Bill!"

There are no spaces here

But Harriet's near!

I wish she'd stop calling me Will!

 

 

A new first line, if you please, Elfstar.

 

elfstar 27th March 2006 01:11 PM

 

oops sorry missed that bit in your first post Meg. :o

 

 

There was a young lady who read...

 

Flingo 27th March 2006 01:41 PM

 

always taking a book to her bed...

 

David 27th March 2006 01:42 PM

 

When her husband objected...

 

Mungus 27th March 2006 02:33 PM

 

They both then elected

 

megustaleer 27th March 2006 04:51 PM

 

There was a young lady who read,

Always taking her book to her bed.

When her husband objected

They both then elected

To try nightly nooky instead!

 

 

 

A reader of romance once tried

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David 27th March 2006 04:53 PM

A reader of romance once tried

Her passion for Colin to hide

 

Flingo 27th March 2006 05:24 PM

 

She tried wearing gingham,

 

elfstar 27th March 2006 05:51 PM

 

But he asked her to fling 'em...

 

David 27th March 2006 06:01 PM

 

And swim in that pond by his side.

 

David 27th March 2006 06:05 PM

 

A reader of romance once tried

Her passion for Colin to hide.

She tried wearing gingham

But he asked her to fling 'em

And swim in that pond by his side.

 

This is turning into a nice little thread, Meg! Thanks.

 

There once was a playwright called Will,

 

megustaleer 27th March 2006 06:47 PM

 

Who wrote lots of plays, with a quill.

 

David 27th March 2006 08:03 PM

 

While sat by the Avon

 

megustaleer 27th March 2006 10:11 PM

 

On his mem'ry was graven

 

Cathy 28th March 2006 03:06 PM

 

A reader of romance once tried

Her passion for Colin to hide.

She tried wearing gingham

But he asked her to fling 'em

And swim in that pond by his side.

 

For me?! :o:festive::dance:

 

David 28th March 2006 05:02 PM

 

Who else? ;)

 

(You'd have looked rotten in gingham, anyway!)

 

elfstar 28th March 2006 06:12 PM

On his mem'ry was graven

the problem of paying his bill

 

 

There once was a playwright called Will,

Who wrote lots of plays with a quill

While say by the Avon

On his mem'ry was graven

The problem of paying his bill.

 

 

A young man from BGO tried to send

 

Mungus 28th March 2006 07:25 PM

A young man from BGO tried to send

'The Children's War' to a friend...

 

supersexy007 28th March 2006 09:45 PM

'The Children's War' to a friend...

But it was too big to post

 

Flingo 28th March 2006 11:45 PM

 

so he gave up the ghost

 

megustaleer 29th March 2006 11:39 PM

 

A young man from BGO tried to send

The Children's War to a friend,

But it was too big to post

So he gave up the ghost,

And hoped that he didn't offend.

 

 

New first line:

A writer of romantic verse

Page 3 Lost

 

I'VE GOT IT!!! Just stumbled into it on my stored to the PC lot of posts! Here it is:

 

Adrian 30th March 2006 01:21 AM

 

A writer of romantic verse

Fell in love with a beautiful nurse

 

elfstar 30th March 2006 01:08 PM

 

Originally Posted by Adrian

A writer of romantic verse

Fell in love with a beautiful nurse

 

His heart beat so fast

 

supersexy007 30th March 2006 09:27 PM

 

That the nurse was aghast

 

deirdreofthesorrows 30th March 2006 10:47 PM

 

Awriter of romantic verse

Fell in love with a beautiful nurse

His heart beat so fast

That the nurse was aghast

 

So he took her for better or worse!

 

next one:-

 

Mick the miner was covered in coal

 

supersexy007 30th March 2006 11:09 PM

 

Getting clean was his ultimate goal

 

megustaleer 30th March 2006 11:21 PM

 

He stood in the shower

 

lucyb 31st March 2006 07:47 AM

 

For hour upon hour

 

Adrian 31st March 2006 08:50 AM

 

Mick the miner was covered in coal

Getting clean was his ultimate goal

He stood in the shower

For hour upon hour

But never got clean his right sole

 

Next first line

 

A Kalahari bushman once said

 

Grammath 31st March 2006 01:20 PM

 

A Kalahari bushman once said,

"I wish that I was better read"

 

elfstar 31st March 2006 02:18 PM

 

Originally Posted by Grammath

A Kalahari bushman once said,

"I wish that I was better read"

 

I'll join "bookgroup online"

 

Jane Nadia 31st March 2006 06:08 PM

 

Originally Posted by elfstar

I'll join "bookgroup online"

 

Which should suit me just fine...

 

Flingo 31st March 2006 10:15 PM

 

A Kalahari bushman once said,

"I wish that I was better read"

I'll join "book grouponline"

Which should suit me just fine

and now I've got a much bigger head!

 

Next:

 

Each day I acquire new books,

 

Thumbsucker 1st April 2006 09:01 AM

 

Each day I acquire new books,

I just look at one and I'm hooked!

 

supersexy007 1st April 2006 02:56 PM

 

Originally Posted by Thumbsucker

Each day I acquire new books,

I just look at one and I'm hooked!

 

But I don't ever read them

 

megustaleer 1st April 2006 05:03 PM

 

I just feel I need them

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lucyb 2nd April 2006 12:51 PM

 

'Cos life before books -well it sucked.

 

Each day I acquire new books,

I just look at one and I'm hooked!

But I don't ever read them

I just feel I need them

'Cos life before books -well it sucked.

 

And now I need to think of a first line... back in a mo.

 

lucyb 2nd April 2006 12:56 PM

 

There once was a Dan, surname Brown

 

 

(lights blue touchpaper and stands well back...) :P

 

megustaleer 2nd April 2006 01:12 PM

 

Who won international renown

 

Adrian 2nd April 2006 01:50 PM

 

I cannot see why

 

Flingo 2nd April 2006 02:09 PM

 

It's just pie-in-the-sky

 

deirdreofthesorrows 3rd April 2006 09:15 PM

 

There once was a Dan, named Brown

Who won international reknown

I can not see why

It's just pie in the sky

 

But lots have trouble putting it down!!!

 

and next:-

 

Here I sit for hours on end,

 

Flingo 3rd April 2006 09:40 PM

 

to read all the books that Amazon sends,

 

Adrian 4th April 2006 02:11 AM

 

Here I sit for hours on end,

to read all the books that Amazon sends,

But sometimes I find

 

The limerick purist/pedant in me isn't overly happy with the second line.

 

Jane Nadia 4th April 2006 07:05 AM

Here I sit for hours on end,

to read all the books that Amazon sends,

But sometimes I find

 

The limerick purist/pedant in me isn't overly happy with the second line.

Would that limerick purist be happier with :

 

Here I sit for hours on end

With the parcels that Amazon send

But sometimes I find...

 

Adrian 4th April 2006 08:16 AM

 

Hmm, reading it again it sounds better now. Maybe it was that 'to' at the start of the line. "I'm probably more pedant than purist."

 

Jane Nadia 4th April 2006 09:27 AM

 

That life's left me behind...

 

megustaleer 4th April 2006 10:27 AM

 

Here I sit for hours on end,

to read all the books that Amazon sends,

But sometimes I find

That life's left me behind

 

or for the pedants:

 

I sit here for hours on end

With the parcels that Amazon send,

But sometimes I find

That life's left me behind

And I'm earning much less than I spend!

 

 

And the new first line is:

 

A pedant, when writing verse, never

 

David 4th April 2006 11:04 AM

 

A pedant, when writing verse, never

Succumbs to tautology, ever.

 

Adrian 4th April 2006 11:21 AM

 

A pedant, when writing verse, never

Succumbs to tautology, ever.

But once in a while

 

(Phew, Glad this isn't about anybody I know)

 

Jane Nadia 4th April 2006 11:32 AM

A pedant, when writing verse, never

Succumbs to tautology, ever.

But once in a while

 

(Phew, Glad this isn't about anybody I know)

In the interest of style...

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megustaleer 5th April 2006 11:52 AM

 

A pedant, when writing verse, never

Succumbs to tautology, ever.

But once in a while,

In the interest of style,

Will an infinitive sever.

 

 

Next first line:

A writer of romance called Jane

 

Jane Nadia 5th April 2006 01:15 PM

Next first line:

A writer of romance called Jane

Felt her powers with the pen start to wane...

 

Adrian 5th April 2006 09:18 PM

 

A writer of romance called Jane

Felt her powers with the pen start to wane...

But then a big strapping bloke

 

Jane Nadia 6th April 2006 09:45 AM

A writer of romance called Jane

Felt her powers with the pen start to wane...

But then a big strapping bloke

 

Tend'rest feelings awoke...

 

Flingo 7th April 2006 04:47 PM

 

A writer of romance called Jane

Felt her powers with the pen start to wane

But then a big strapping bloke

Tend'rest feelings awoke

And her powers she then did regain.

 

Next:

 

A teacher of English despaired

 

megustaleer 7th April 2006 04:50 PM

A teacher of English despaired

Of finding a pupil who cared

 

lucyb 7th April 2006 05:57 PM

Of finding a pupil who cared

About commas and stuff

 

deirdreofthesorrows 7th April 2006 06:11 PM

 

A teacher of English despaired

Of finding a pupil who cared

About commas and stuff

 

That she cried "Stop! Enough!"

 

lucyb 7th April 2006 06:32 PM

 

A teacher of English despaired

Of finding a pupil who cared

About commas and stuff

That she cried "Stop! Enough!"

 

"How the - , : you dared!"

 

lucyb 7th April 2006 06:36 PM

 

Oops -forgot..

 

My To Be Read pile is enormous..

 

Grammath 7th April 2006 06:45 PM

 

My To Be Read pile is enormous

Full of books that are highly amorous

 

lucyb 7th April 2006 06:49 PM

My To Be Read pile is enormous

Full of books that are highly amorous

There's Lawrence and Donne

 

megustaleer 8th April 2006 10:44 PM

 

But practic'ly none

 

megustaleer 11th April 2006 10:23 AM

 

OK, I'll finish it with a double post!

 

 

My To Be Read pile is enormous

Full of books that are highly amorous.

There's Lawrence and Donne,

But practic'ly none

On the habits of Tyrannosaurus!

 

 

We can stop here, or if any one fancies continuing he/she can post a new first line.

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To save scrolling all the way to the top for the rules:

First, a definition:

 

What Is A Limerick?

"A light, humorous style of fixed form poetry. Its usual form consists of five lines with the rhyme scheme aabba; lines 1, 2, and 5 contain three feet, while lines 3 and 4 usually contain two feet. Limericks range in subject matter from the silly to the obscene..."

 

Example - in Limerick form:

 

A: What is a limerick, Mother?

A: It's a form of verse, said brother

B: In which lines one and two

B: Rhyme with five when it's through

A: And three and four rhyme with each other.

 

The Game (yet another that I've nicked from 'The Ship Of Fools')

 

I will post a first line below, then we take turns to post a line in the Limerick form. The person who posts the fifth line also posts the first line of the next Limerick.

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but when it came back we all sang!

In memory of the big crash

The BGO Server went BANG

To the horror of all of the gang.

We fretted, we frowned,

As last year's posts drowned,

but when it came back we all sang!

 

I'll let someone else start a new one if they want to. As everyone was fighting over it before, I thought it only fair to share!

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I'VE GOT IT!!! Just stumbled into it on my stored to the PC lot of posts!

Well done, you! I went through all five pages of results for my specific search but it wasn't there, apart from two that wouldn't load when I clicked cache, so I assumed it had gone. Excellent!

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But only if successfully done
This line should be the same length as line three to fit the <strike>anagram</strike>limerick* form, but removing the first two words does the trick, so:

 

Cryptic crosswords are good for the brain

Though homonyms cause lots of pane.

Anagrams can be fun

If successfully done.

 

*edit necessary, as I'm an idiot!

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