National Limerick Day

Squeeeeee! It’s not too late is it to celebrate National Limerick Day? In our hemisphere it isn’t anyway, so here goes. Ha, ha….!

THERE ONCE WAS A HORSE CALLED HATTINGDON

There once was a horse called Hattingdon.
Who loved wearing hats and having fun.
She wears them all day
To flirt and at play,
Then sleeps in them when day is done.


Jamie Irish inspired top hat created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon®.
Jamie Irish inspired top hat created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon®.

I’m wearing my Irish inspired top hat cause the limerick is historically associated with Ireland, but . . .

Edward Lear

Observed annually on May 12, National Limerick Day celebrates the birthday of English artist, illustrator, author and poet Edward Lear (May 12, 1812 – Jan. 29, 1888).

Lear is known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry, prose and limericks.

National Limerick Day also celebrates the limerick poem. Limerick poems were popularized by Edward Lear’s book “Book of Nonsense” in 1846.

Here’s one of Mr. Lear’s limericks:

THERE WAS A YOUNG LADY
By Edward Lear

There was a Young Lady whose chin
Resembled the point of a pin;
So she had it made sharp, and purchased a harp,
And played several tunes with her chin.


Irish Limericks

How old are Limericks and where did Irish Limericks originate? Why are there so many Irish Limericks? What is the connection with Ireland?

The rhyme that we refer to as a limerick originated as far back as the 14th century and were extremely popular in both England and Ireland. Irish Limericks are poems and a form of poetry which rhymes. Irish Limericks are simple and short and easy for even kids and children to write or compose.

THERE WAS AN OLD PERSON OF BRAY

There was an old person of Bray,
Who sang through the whole of the day
To his ducks and his pigs, whom he fed upon figs,
That valuable person of Bray.


Learn more and read more Irish limericks here »

Do you have a favourite limerick? Please leave it in comments.

Be sure to use #NationalLimerickDay when posting on social media.

Love ya to Limerick and back again. Always and forever. Yours,

xoxoxo

Hattingdon® text black desyrel font.

Updated 8:18 pm

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