P & P & Poetry

This month, I decided to try my hand at a few limericks about the characters from Pride and Prejudice. A limerick is a lighthearted 5 line poem in which lines 1, 2, and 5 rhyme, and lines 3 and 4 have a separate rhyme.

You’ve probably heard this one:

There once was a man from Nantucket

Who kept all of his cash in a bucket.

But his daughter, named Nan,

Ran away with a man

And as for the bucket, Nan took it!

I’m not a poet, but I thought I’d try some out with the P & P cast. Enjoy!

Mr. Darcy

Ten thousand a year he can spend.

And his eyes!  Their brown depths have no end.

But, wait. He won’t dance?

Casts a disdainful glance!

Never mind.  What’s the name of his friend?

Mr. Collins

He’s prideful yet chock full of deference.

Is it Jane? No, wait, Lizzy’s his preference.

Then he meets Lizzy’s friend…

And his heart’s on the mend!

Now he’s off to tell Catherine, her reverence!

Lady Catherine

While her musical thoughts hold great sway,

It turns out she can’t actually play.

But if she had tried

They all would have cried,

“She’s a whizz on the piano forte!”


She flirts with the soldiers in town.

Smiles and laughs, nothing brings that girl down.

She sure knows how to pick ‘em

She ran off with Wickham!

Someone fix that great slit in her gown!


When they met him, they liked him a lot.

His time and attention they sought.

Then he acted the slickster,

Revealed he’s a trickster.

And, “I knew he was bad!” they all thought.

Elizabeth and Darcy

She never will be that man’s spouse.

He’s vain and he’s proud.  What a louse!

She tells him to go.

Sends him off, but then, whoa…

Hot dog!  Is that really his house?

Hope you enjoyed those! Want to try out a two line rhyme in the comments?

Traditional, non-rhyming comments are also very welcome!

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6 responses to “P & P & Poetry”

  1. Glynis Avatar

    Young Lizzy was stubborn we knew
    Her thoughts on the young men were true
    But alas and a lack
    She must take it all back
    And her feelings for Darcy they grew!

    I used to love writing personal verses for special cards but I haven’t done it for such a long time. I daresay I could get back into it though. Loved your verses, thank you.

    1. Kirstin Odegaard Avatar

      That was wonderful! I loved it. Your friends and family must have loved your thoughtful cards.

  2. Heather Dreith Avatar
    Heather Dreith

    Loved these! My favorite was the Elizabeth and Darcy one…the last line is a zinger!

    1. Kirstin Odegaard Avatar

      Thank you for this comment! That scene where Elizabeth visits Darcy’s estate is so rich with fodder!

  3. cindie snyder Avatar
    cindie snyder

    I loved them all! You really have a gift for the limrick!lol My favorite was Lizz y and Darcy too!

    1. Kirstin Odegaard Avatar

      Thank you! They were fun to write.

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