- May 12 -

Limerick Day

Celebrated annually on May 12. This day celebrates the birthday of English artist, illustrator, author and poet Edward Lear (May 12, 1812 – Jan. 29, 1888). Lear is known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry prose and limericks. 
 <strong>Limerick</strong> A limerick is a very...

Limerick Day

Celebrated annually on May 12. This day celebrates the birthday of English artist, illustrator, author and poet Edward Lear (May 12, 1812 – Jan. 29, 1888). Lear is known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry prose and limericks.

Limerick
A limerick is a very short, humorous, nonsense poem. A true limerick has five lines; the first, second, and fifth rhyme with each other, and the third and fourth rhyme with each other. In addition to rhyme, consider:
- Number of syllables. The first, second and fifth lines should have eight or nine syllables, while the third and fourth lines should have five or six.
- Meter. A limerick has a certain "rhythm" created by how the syllables are stressed.
- Anapaestic meter - two short syllables are followed by a long (stressed) one (duh-duh-DUM, duh-duh-DUM). Here's an example (note that the emphasis naturally falls on the italicized syllables): Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
- Amphibrachic meter - a long (stressed) syllable is sandwiched between two short ones (duh-DUM-duh, duh-DUM-duh). Example: There was a young lady of Wantage
-Lines can begin on two, one, or occasionally no unstressed beats. Some prefer to continue the rhythm across from one line to the next, especially when a sentence carries across lines, but this is not essential.

Here’s one of the limericks credited to Lear:


There was an Old Man in a tree,
Who was horribly bored by a Bee;
When they said, ‘Does it buzz?’
He replied, ‘Yes, it does!’
‘It’s a regular brute of a Bee!’

Edward Lear
Edward Lear (12 or 13 May 1812 – 29 January 1888) was an English artist, illustrator, author and poet, and is known now mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose and especially his limericks, a form he popularised. His principal areas of work as an artist were threefold: as a draughtsman employed to illustrate birds and animals; making coloured drawings during his journeys, which he reworked later, sometimes as plates for his travel books; as a (minor) illustrator of Alfred Tennyson's poems. As an author, he is known principally for his popular nonsense works, which use real and invented English words.

Source:
http://nationaldaycalendar.com/2013/05/11/may-12th-2013-national-limerick-day-national-odometer-day-national-nutty-fudge-day/
http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Limerick
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Lear

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International Nurses Day
Yom Ha'atzmaut - Israel Independence Day
Snellman Day - Day of Finnishness in Finland

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