Limerick is the only place in Ireland to give its name to a form of poetry or indeed any other literary form. And not just any literary form! Many of these have read limericks, laughed at limericks, or even tried to write their own limericks. As a result, the city and county of Limerick have a link to a global poetic community made up of millions of people from Canada to Australia and from Scotland to India. The Curious Story of the Limerick tells a fascinating tale, populated with a gallery of major and not so major literary figures, and one learns with amazement that the limerick form featured in the works of Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll and even James Joyce.
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Roses are red, and limericks underrated. I wrote one for you, but my Dobermann ate it. When most people think of poetry, what they really think of are love poems.
The limerick packs laughs anatomical Into space that is quite economical. But the good ones I've seen So seldom are clean And the clean ones so seldom are comical. The form appeared in England in the early years of the 18th century. Gershon Legman , who compiled the largest and most scholarly anthology, held that the true limerick as a folk form is always obscene, and cites similar opinions by Arnold Bennett and George Bernard Shaw ,  describing the clean limerick as a "periodic fad and object of magazine contests, rarely rising above mediocrity".