Limerick:There was an Old Person from Gretna

Edward Lear 1812 (Holloway) – 1888 (Sanremo)



There was an Old Person from Gretna,
Who rushed down the crater of Etna;
When they said, 'Is it hot?'
He replied, 'No, it's not!'
That mendacious Old Person of Gretna.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 16, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AABBA
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 171
Words 35
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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