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Lear, Edward: There was an Old Man... (Limerick)

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There was an Old Man... (Limerick) (English)

There was an Old Man on a hill,
Who seldom, if ever, stood still;
He ran up and down,
In his Grandmother's gown,
Which adorned that Old Man on a hill.


A limerick is a form of poetry in five-line, predominantly 
anapestic[1] meter with a strict rhyme scheme (AABBA), 
often humorous and sometimes obscene.[2] The third 
and fourth lines are shorter than the other three.

The form appeared in England in the early years of the 
18th century.[4] It was popularized by Edward Lear in 
the 19th century,[5] although he did not use the term.

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Egy Vén laka domb tetején (limerick) (Hungarian)

Egy Vén laka domb tetején,
Ő nem tuda állni szegény:
Fel-alá szalada,
Pici nő-pizsama
Volt rajta a domb tetején.

A limerick ötsoros vers, főleg anapesztusokból áll (anapesztus: versláb, két hangsúlytalan plusz egy hangsúlyos szótagból áll, a magyarban két rövid és egy hosszú szótagból (u u –)); a 3. és a 4. sor rövidebb. A rímképlet mindig AABBA. A limerick többnyire abszurd vagy humoros, gyakran obszcén.

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Source of the quotationsaját fordítás