Category Archives: Limerick

The First English Limerick?

The text set as No. XXII in Michael East’s Second Set of Madrigals 1606 is an almost perfect limerick (East, xii and 115-20; Fellowes, 91{1}); a fact which I believe has not been noted before. The piece runs: O metaphysical … Continue reading

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Carolyn Wells, The Troubled Whale

Carolyn Wells, “The Troubled Whale.” Illustrated by J.M. Condé. The Metropolitan Magazine, vol. XXII no. 5, August 1905, p. 545.

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Carolyn Wells, The Pround Eel

Carolyn Wells, “The Proud Eel.” Illustrated by J.M. Condé. The Metropolitan Magazine, vol. XXII no. 4, July 1905, p. 512.

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Carolyn Wells, The Scientific Goose

Carolyn Wells, “The Scientific Goose.” Illustrated by J.M. Condé. The Metropolitan Magazine, vol. XXII no. 3, June 1905, p. 3377.

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JP Benson’s Woozlebeasts

A rare example of a coloured Woozlebeasts strip by John Prentiss Benson (11 September 1904). On nonsenselit.org you will find the full run of the newspaper strips, in black and white, as well as the 1905 book published by Moffat, … Continue reading

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Limericks!

A quick note on a few studies on the limerick I have read or re-read recently. Scheepers, Christoph, et al. “Listening to Limericks: A Pupillometry Investigation of Perceivers’ Expectancy.” PLoS ONE 8.9 (2013): e74986. The abstract appears to confirm what … Continue reading

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Tolkien’s Nevbosh Limerick

From Joan Acocella’s “Slaying Monsters,” in The New Yorker for 2 June 2014, a review of the recently published translation of Beowulf by J.R.R. Tolkien: Tolkien was a serious philologist from the time he was a child. He and his cousin Mary … Continue reading

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