Limerick:There was an Old Man with a beard

Edward Lear 1812 (Holloway) – 1888 (Sanremo)



There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who sat on a horse when he reared;
But they said, 'Never mind!
You will fall off behind,
You propitious Old Man with a beard!'

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 28, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AABBA
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 165
Words 36
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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