“Bum titty bum” – Limerick toolbox

Limericks can be great fun to read, to receive and to make. The basics are: five lines , AABBA rhyming scheme and some respect for the correct metrum. The advanced theory (“internal feet must be anapestic, while the first syllable can be iambic”) can be found on Writing Limericks (Robert Elliott). That’s also where the ‘bum titty bum’ reference comes from.

The most cited limerick is probably:
As you might have guessed, this is a bucket from Nantucket

There once was a man from Nantucket,
Who kept all of his cash in a bucket,
But his daughter, named Nan,
Ran away with a man,
And as for the bucket, Nantucket.

What should be your limerick toolbox?

As I also write limericks in Dutch (‘Nederlands’), here are equivalent links for that language:

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