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Who doesn’t love a limerick? They’re fun, clever, often a bit naughty and, if you put your mind to it, you can probably come up with one in the time it takes to make a cup of tea. Limericks are so well-loved they have their own day of celebration: National Limerick Day is held annually on 12 May to coincide with the birthday of Edward Lear, the artist and writer who popularised this particular poetic style.

In the lead-up to the day, some of us here at SBT have been having a go at writing limericks of our own -- with a literary twist, of course! The limericks below describe six famous works of fiction. Can you guess which books we’re describing? Enter your answers in the form below and be in with a chance of winning a set of books by Alexander McCall Smith!*


Limerick 1

There was a young lady named Liz,
With sisters and mum in a tizz,
‘Cause a fellow named Bingley
Had settled near, singly
With a haughty, rich friend of his!


Limerick 2

There was a stolid and upright man
Who spent a long time on the can
Then went for a walk
Pond’ring on nationalist talk
And bewildered the literary clan.


Limerick 3

There was a young Scotsman named Jamie,
Who was known far and wide for his bravery.
He met a girl from the future,
Who gave him some sutures,
And now they are having a baby.  


Limerick 4

There once was a timid wee thing
Who picked up a magical ring.
He went and came back
With no hanky, alack,
But a talent for disappearing.


Limerick 5

There once was a man on a mission,
To be violent without contrition,
He went to the slammer,
And developed some manners,
Entirely of his own volition.


Limerick 6

I’ve a bright little girl, needs a nice governess;
Have a wife in the attic, my life is a mess!
Need a lass strong and kind;
Who knows her own mind;
Knows what she deserves and won’t settle for less!


Care to try your hand at limerick writing? We'd love to read them! Leave us one in the comments below. If you're looking for some inspiration, check out some of these fantastic poetry books!

* Winner will be chosen at random from amongst the entries. Prize only available to UK residents. Please read our competition terms and conditions for further details.

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