The Fifth Line
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The Fifth Line

Limericks After Lear Book One

About the Book

If you've ever longed for the Old Man of Cape Horn to cheer up, or to rescue the Person of Cromer from his sudden and unexplained conclusion, or to silence that annoying Old Man with a Bell, then this is the book you've been waiting for.

One hundred and twelve brand new limericks based on Edward Lear's verses in his ground-breaking work, A Book of Nonsense (1846 and 1863).

Plus Edward Lear's original verses.

That's two hundred and twenty four limericks!

But why the new new take on old poems?

Because Edward Lear ignored the most important part of the limerick - the fifth line, which adds a twist to the story and makes us chuckle.

Lear would establish a premise that was knowingly and joyfully absurd, then end with an anti-climax. His final line simply repeated the rhyme and substance of what he'd said at the start.

The Fifth Line revisits A Book of Nonsense, crafting a proper limerick from every verse.

They're all here, from An Old Man With a Nose to A Young Lady Whose Bonnet, and everything in between.

The Fifth Line: Limericks After Lear.

Plus Lear.

Plus laughter.

About the Author

John Arthur Nichol
John Arthur Nichol

John Arthur Nichol has grown up, worked and retired in Sydney, and tends to write in verse. Rhyming verse. It’s the voice he seems condemned to use. The form he seems fated to revisit is the limerick. It’s short. It’s catchy. It rhymes. It’s addictive.

Limerick books by John Arthur Nichol:

The Fifth Line: Limericks After Lear Book 1

The Next Hundred Lears: Limericks After Lear Book 2

A Wee Bit of Integrity: Limericks After Derry Girls, Seasons 1 and 2

Also by John Arthur Nichol:

Sascha Martin’s Rocket-Ship

Sascha Martin’s Time Machine

Sascha Martin’s Super Ball

John’s latest work is A Wee Bit of Integrity, a collection of limericks based on Seasons 1 and 2 of the wonderful Irish comedy series Derry Girls. It's published on Leanpub as a work in progress, free of Digital Rights Management, and optimised for reader feedback.

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