Pride and Prejudice and Limericks, by Lelia Eye

Pride and Prejudice and Limericks, by Lelia Eye

I have recently started having limericks on my mind. It started with a battle with Alexa. Some text on my television screen suggested that I ask Alexa to tell me a Star Wars limerick. Naturally, being a Star Wars fan, I did so. Unfortunately, this led me into a battle with my Amazon Fire Cube, as it kept misunderstanding what I was asking and would not provide me with the promised limerick.

I eventually gave up, disgruntled, but I have been thinking about limericks since then. I suppose that’s why I came up with the idea of doing some Pride and Prejudice limericks for my blog post. Really, it was a bad idea, as limericks, despite being fun, have certain limitations to them that make it quite difficult to create them with any sort of serious purpose (unless you’re a rhyming genius, which I am not).

Before I share with you my poor attempt at explaining P&P in limerick form, I would like to give you a bit of history/context about limericks.

Limericks are usually humorous, and they consist of five lines with a certain rhyme scheme (aabba) and a certain number of syllables per each line. They will end up looking like:

a (7-10 syllables)
a (7-10 syllables)
b (5-7 syllables)
b (5-7 syllables)
a (7-10 syllables)

The history of limericks is a bit vague. While the above-noted form of limericks was made well-known in Edward Lear’s 1846 book, A Book of Nonsense, the actual form of the limerick seems to have been around since before then. Even Shakespeare used the rhyme form (just slightly off) in Othello:

And let me the cannikin clink, clink,
And let me the cannikin clink.
A soldier’s a man,
A life’s but a span,
Why then let a soldier drink.

There are also various limerick-like poems throughout history. As such, it seems likely that Austen would have seen some of them, even if the rhyme form hadn’t gained notoriety during her time.

And now, on to my Pride and Prejudice limerick (please forgive my artistic license and exclusion of certain major events):

Happily Ever After

There once was a man named Charles Bingley
Who thought his friend’s behavior unseemly,
He prodded the churl
To dance with a girl,
So his friend insulted her quite meanly.

But Lizzy Bennet was no fragile vase,
And through jests put him in his place
With the neighborhood folk,
To whom his pride was a joke,
And mamas called off the marital race.

Yet Darcy was smitten with Lizzy,
Whose fine eyes put him in a tizzy,
But his work was not quick,
(His wealth couldn’t do the trick,)
And wooing her would make him quite busy.

His repentance of pride was one cause
For Lizzy to put prejudice on pause,
And his help for her sister,
Though he previously dissed her,
Could not help but earn him applause.

And with misunderstandings resolved
And previous enmities dissolved,
Darcy proposed that they wed,
Lizzy’s agreement was said,
And the route to H-E-A was solved.

Whew! For something so short, it certainly wasn’t easy! Do you have any good Pride and Prejudice limericks to throw at me? I’d particularly enjoy some that are funny! I bet Mr. Collins would be good limerick fodder!

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July 8, 2021 8:31 PM

I think this is the first P&P limerick I’ve read. So funny, thanks for sharing.

(Sorry if this is a duplicate comment as the earlier one I tried to post didn’t seem to go through)

July 3, 2021 6:35 PM

Fun post!

July 2, 2021 3:46 PM

Like Regina, I am terrible at poetry. It probably has something to do with the fact that my parents never read that to us nor introduced us to it and I can’t remember reading much in school, either. But thanks to all who shared their talents here.

Gianna Thomas
July 1, 2021 11:46 PM

Loved ‘Happily Ever After’, Elia, and I would love to read more if you continue in future. Struck my funnybone enough that I actually tried my hand at it. This one is not done as I must think a little more upon it. 🙂

Mr. Darcy was such a jerk
That he refused to hide his quirk
That dancing would give him no pleasure
Not knowing he might lose a treasure
If manners he did not rework.

Katie Jackson
July 1, 2021 7:21 PM

Great job! That was fabulous!

cindie snyder
cindie snyder
July 1, 2021 6:19 PM

I don’t have any right now but I Love all of the ones I read! You’re on P+P was great!lol

Riana Everly
July 1, 2021 5:26 PM

That was fun! Great job.

I’ve been writing about Persuasion recently, so let me try one for that.

When young Wentworth did first come acourting,
Anne’s fam’ly and friends were not sporting.
So he left for eight years
Leaving Anne to her tears
And the echoes of Godmom’s exhorting.

Regina Jeffers
July 1, 2021 5:25 PM

I fear I am terrible at ALL forms of poetry.

July 1, 2021 4:49 PM

George was a man who would not
In poor matrimony be caught.
But to Lydia’s glee,
With the help of Darcy,
He married, and rues it a lot.

Maria Maderi
Maria Maderi
July 1, 2021 3:28 PM

That was very cute. Great job…lol

Shana Jefferis
Shana Jefferis
July 1, 2021 2:41 PM

Lelia, Thank you for today’s smile! I needed it! Shana

July 1, 2021 7:32 AM

Mr Collins is certainly inspirational! ?

Mr Collins first settled on Jane
Who surely was not known as plain
Her Mother deterred it
Pushed Lizzy, his eyes lit
She refused him again and again!

Well! That’s my brain overtired for today! Thank you for giving me the inspiration!

Jann Rowland
July 1, 2021 1:51 AM

Now that had me LOLing! I don’t have any right now, but as the limerick is the one poetry form that I might have some level of ability, I might be able to come up with something… I do remember one I came up with in grade school, but I’m pretty sure my sense of humor then is much changed from what it is now!

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