Poetry expresses a whole variety of moods, from the serious reflection of an elegy to the joy (or heartbreak!) of a love sonnet. But there is one particular style always guaranteed to raise a smile – comic verse. The best known form of comic verse is of course the limerick. Here’s a well-known example:
There was a young woman from Leeds,
Who swallowed a packet of seeds.
In less than an hour
Her ears were in flower
And her hair was covered in weeds!
This is the last of our four poetry quizzes - and indeed the last in our series of eighty-one quizzes on books. I hope you’ve enjoyed and also been informed by this section. And, whichever genre or author you prefer, may we wish you many hours of happy reading!
The main theme of the series is mortality and the need to seize the mm oment. An example is these lines from Reveille:
"When the journey's over
There'll be time enough to sleep"
Here's an example:
"There was an Old Man in a tree,
Who was horribly bored by a Bee;
When they said, 'Does it buzz?'
He replied, 'Yes, it does!'
'It's a regular brute of a Bee!'"