After the arrest of a journalist for alleged rape which he tried to dish out as an act of misjudgment, I thought I must try to write a limerick on the situation. The limerick with the title A Journo Named Sharp Paul goes like this: There once was a journo called Sharp Paul / Who lately misjudged a cat call. / Erring journo applied for a bail. / But was booked and sent to jail. / From social grace the journo had a fall.
Present day personalities and their deeds are very apt for pun, fun and humour through limericks. But, sad part is that limericks as a language art is dying. It was used quiet a lot in the early years of the 18th century. It was once again popularized by Edward Lear limericks in the 19th century, but it is now rarely used by scribes and journalists.
A limerick is a five-line short, humorous, ribald, insulting or nonsense poem. It follows the rhyme scheme of AABBA. Here is an example of a limerick on 'limerick' by an unknown author: The limerick packs laughs anatomical (A) / Into space that is quite economical (A). / But the good ones I've seen (B)/ So seldom are clean (B) / And the clean ones so seldom are comical (A).
Once again, it is being felt in the age of internet that limericks are apt as people prefer reading short messages and literature pieces packed with humour. According to Bruce Lansky, ideas for new limericks can come from almost anywhere.
For example, your city, state, country, or name. If someone's name is Tim or Jim, you could write something like this: There once was a fellow named Tim / whose dad never taught him to swim. / He fell off a dock / and sunk like a rock. / And that was the end of him.
I think, that should prompt you to write some limericks on some people, events and situations. We need to popularize limericks once again.