Limerick: There was an Old Person of Basing

Edward Lear 1812 (Holloway) – 1888 (Sanremo)



There was an Old Person of Basing,
Whose presence of mind was amazing;
He purchased a steed,
Which he rode at full speed,
And escaped from the people of Basing.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AABBA
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 164
Words 32
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 5

Edward Lear

Edward Lear 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. more…

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