About Edward Lear’s Last Lines (Limerick)

Happy birthday Edward Lear and happy Limerick Day! But about those redundant Lear last lines:

This limerick lacks a good ending.
And please note that I’m sure not defending
Any Lear final line.
(Are they dull by design?)
This limerick lacks a good ending.

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2 Responses to “About Edward Lear’s Last Lines (Limerick)”

  1. Steve Benko says:

    It’s true, his were all like that (rhyming the last word of line 1 with itself in line 5, though not repeating the entire line verbatim). But hey, we still owe a debt of gratitude to the Wright Brothers, though we don’t fly in one-person kites for a hundred yards down at the beach any more. And he gave us “The Owl and the Pussycat!”

  2. Doug Harris says:

    That limerick lacks a good start!
    But don’t be an anapest tart –
    Old Ed was our catalyst,
    Let not be his prattle dissed,
    It got us all going in this art!