Edward Lear, born 209 years ago on 12th May, not only popularised limericks, but wrote fabulous humorous verses to laugh away our fears. Rhys Hughes, on our editorial board, has written an essay to contextualise the poem to our modern day needs and even offered a hilarious conclusion to the poem. Click here to read his tribute to the great humorist, Edward Lear (1812-1888) in Poetry, Poets and Rhys Hughes.
As a tribute to the wonderful world created by Edward Lear, we are also publishing two limericks here, contextualising the humour to our needs and times.
1 Amidst the new wave of coronal graves, A secret was withheld, even waived. People who vote Will turn into goats And thus, be from the pandemic saved. 2 It came to pass in the distant land of Tierds, Wisdom was measured by the length of beards. They let it grow in undeterred ways Till it became quite the craze To participate tripping in a hirsute race unsteered.
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