Looking at Limericks and Manipulation

On that Trump Character

Obama a little soft, Trump a little hard
Is America ready for the trump it card?
As time nears
So do the fears
Hopefully a trump becomes a discard

I confess to being guilty of promulgating the wide belief that he would be a damage – he may surprise if eventually elected. And what do I really know of Donald Trump being influenced by the media representation from a foriegn land.

Short verse such as limericks can be used to manipulate the mind of the reader – more so because of the ease of memory. But then all text manipulates or influences in some way or other. When is Art propoganda, and is propoganda vaild against tyranny – another issue for consideration. And of course the pen is migthier that the sword – perhaps Art can be a dangerous weapon.

The limerick is a fixed rhyme form of five lines. It is a kind of humorous verse in which the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme. The third and fourth lines have a different rhyme and form a rhymed couplet. The first, second and final lines are longer. The third and fourth are short.

And information from Wikipedia …

The form appeared in England in the early years of the 18th century. It was popularized by Edward Lear in the 19th century, although he did not use the term.

Some details on the origin of the name …

The origin of the name limerick for this type of poem is debated. As of several years ago, its usage was first documented in England in 1898 (New English Dictionary) and in the United States in 1902, but in recent years several earlier uses have been documented. The name is generally taken to be a reference to the City or County of Limerick in Ireland sometimes particularly to the Maigue Poets, and may derive from an earlier form of nonsense verse parlour game that traditionally included a refrain that included “Will [or won’t] you come (up) to Limerick?”

Apparently the best ones are obscene …

The limerick packs laughs anatomical
Into space that is quite economical.
But the good ones I’ve seen
So seldom are clean
And the clean ones so seldom are comical.

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