LOTS OF LIMERICKS by Louis-Ed. Untermeyer

LOTS OF LIMERICKS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A competitor to Bennett Cerf's Out on a Limerick (1960) is perhaps more selective and also gives a brief history of this verse form which started ""in all innocence"" and was later given off-color or even obscene renditions. In the representation from the Old Classics, Lear takes his place as the ""unquestionable father"" of the limerick- although he did not invent the form, and the imaginative absurdity of his rhymes will still amuse modern readers. A later section includes variations and modernizations and special forms, with Ogden Nash and Morris Bishop acknowledged as the most brilliant of the light versifiers.

Publisher: Doubleday