The Carolyn Wells year book of old favorites and new fancies for 1909; . been said byignorant and undis-cerning would-be criticsthat the Limerick is notamong the classic andbest forms of poetry,and, indeed, some havegone so far as to saythat it is not poetry atall. A brief considerationof its claims to preemi-nence among recognizedforms of verse will soonconvince any intelligentreader of its sujx^rlativew^orth and beauty. As a proof of this, letus consider the followingLimerick, which in theopinion of connoisseursis the best one everwritten: There was a young lady of Niger,Who smiled as she ro

The Carolyn Wells year book of old favorites and new fancies for 1909; . been said byignorant and undis-cerning would-be criticsthat the Limerick is notamong the classic andbest forms of poetry,and, indeed, some havegone so far as to saythat it is not poetry atall. A brief considerationof its claims to preemi-nence among recognizedforms of verse will soonconvince any intelligentreader of its sujx^rlativew^orth and beauty. As a proof of this, letus consider the followingLimerick, which in theopinion of connoisseursis the best one everwritten: There was a young lady of Niger,Who smiled as she ro Stock Photo
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The Carolyn Wells year book of old favorites and new fancies for 1909; . been said byignorant and undis-cerning would-be criticsthat the Limerick is notamong the classic andbest forms of poetry, and, indeed, some havegone so far as to saythat it is not poetry atall. A brief considerationof its claims to preemi-nence among recognizedforms of verse will soonconvince any intelligentreader of its sujx^rlativew^orth and beauty. As a proof of this, letus consider the followingLimerick, which in theopinion of connoisseursis the best one everwritten: There was a young lady of Niger, Who smiled as she rode on a tiger; They came back from the ride With the lady inside, And the smile on the face of the tiger. ?Copyright, 1900, by Harp<r^ MaLM/inc A Vindication of the Limerick—(Continued). Now let us compare this exquisite bit of real poesy with whatmight have been if Chaucer had written the lines: A mayde ther ben, in Niger born and bredde;Hire merye smyle went neere aboute hire hedde.Uponne a beeste shee rood, a tyger gaye, And sikerly shee laughen on hire waye.. As She was Pictured in Chaucers Day. Anon, as it bifel, bak from the rydeTher came, his sadel hangen doone bisyde, The tyger. On his countenaunce the whyleTher ben behelde a gladnesse and a smyle. Again, if Austin Dobson had chosen to throw off the thing intriolet form: A Vindication of the himerick—iCjutinued). She went for a ride, That young lady of Niger;Her smile was quite wideAs she w^nt for a ride;But she came back inside, With the smile on the tiger!She went for a ride. That young lady of Niger.

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