Sunday, May 12, 2013

This Was Supposed to Be a Post About Limerick Day

Limerick Day celebrates the birthday of  Edward Lear who popularized the limerick in his A Book of Nonsense in 1846, but on my way to finding a visual to go with this post, I came across several lovely images totally unrelated to Limerick Day.

For example, this photo has nothing to do with the word limerick as a form of poetry but was taken not far from the city of Limerick in Ireland.

It's a long way to Tipperary

And then there's this gorgeous image:Flowery Friday
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And this wonderful signpost (only 6k to Limerick):
Co.Clare Fingerpost - signpost, Ireland April 1989
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So...I lost sight of my goal, but not for long. This day, after all, is about Edward Lear and his limericks. And to that I say, Happy Birthday, Edward Lear! And thank you for your contribution to literature.

UK - London - Marble Arch: Edward Lear Hotel - Edward Lear blue plaque

One of Edward Lear's limericks (I'm sure you know this one):

There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, “It is just as I feared!—
Two Owls and a Hen, four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!”

For more of Edward Lear's poems or to read biographical material, go to Poem Hunter.





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