Everybody likes an old-fashioned Limerick!

May 12th is National Limerick Day! It is annually observed on the birthday of Edward Lear, who was known for his nonsensical limericks and other poetry. So to celebrate both Lear’s special day and the existence of limericks in general, here are some topical clippings for your perusal.

LearThe following three limericks are by Lear himself:

A Limerick from Book of Nonsense

Young Lady of Troy Limerick

Beard Limerick

Apparently he liked to use the same first word as the last in his poems.

Here are a few more limericks—some from newspaper contests, some from stories, some from random articles that made use of limericks however they saw fit:

Classifieds limerick contest example
Example limerick for a contest about classified ads

Hunting limerickStay Single limmerick

And just for fun, a little tidbit of presidential history:

Woodrow Wilson's limerick history

Find more limericks and limerick-adjacent articles on Newspapers.com.

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