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!
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?
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!
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!