Limerick (131 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume : WORLD HISTORY AND IDEAS: A CROSS-CULTURAL VOLUME.


Limerick: a brief comic poem consisting of an ictosyllabic four-beat four-line stanza in triple measure rhyming a a (b)b a (where (b) indicates internal rhyme), in which all but the third line have silent final beats (see isoictic). Line three is normally printed as two lines:

A macho young cowboy named Tex
Was ar
raigned for exposing his sex;
But the judge, with a snort, Threw the case out of court,
For non curat de minimis …

Groves, Peter Lewis. "Limerick". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 June 2008
[, accessed 25 October 2016.]