There’s a frivolous five-line distraction
Of seemingly Irish extraction
And rather like Guinness
Or Oscar Wilde’s pen is
A source of immense satisfaction

@Alex_Linder I didn't compose that. I found it while looking around for anything Oscar Wilde might have written about poetic meter in general and/or as it might relate to limericks in particular. I still haven't found it.

@JimmyMarr well it rhymes anyway. he said something about breaking rules, i was referring to. but i dont have it at hand.

@Alex_Linder Ah, okay. I saw you attribute "tennis with the net down" to another poet the other day. Are these separate ideas or possible conflation?

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@JimmyMarr tennis with the net down means no standards. a limerick or any verse has rules for its composition. evidently the rhythm music which is obvious to me is not audible to all. it's a regular series of stresses and softs. literally doesnt matter what the words are, the stresses have to fit the pattern

@JimmyMarr goethe said the master shows himself by limits (more or less). he shows what he can do within the limits. free verse is without rules - tennis w the net down. the limerick, or haiku, has a pattern/rules/limits - you show what you can do INSIDE the form, not hodgepodging it up with mislocated stresses/weaks and throwing in a rhyme here or there.

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