Academic journal article Language Arts

Something Sure Smells around Here: Limericks

Academic journal article Language Arts

Something Sure Smells around Here: Limericks

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Something Sure Smells around Here: Limericks Written by Brian P. Cleary Illustrated by Andy Rowland Milbrook, 2015, 32 pp., ISBN 978- 1- 4677- 6035- 5

A remarkable book of limericks

Offering short poems to read just for kicks.

No bawdy tales included, and humor not precluded, this collection is sure to transfix!

This newest volume in the Poetry Adventures series presents an engaging array of classroom-friendly limericks. An opening two-page spread defines limericks and provides a step-by-step writing guide with important composition specifics, such as overall length, syllable count ranges by line, and the need for a complete story and humor. Special emphasis is placed on the most important rule: "Have fun!" (p. 5).

Limericks included are designed to engage readers in language play, modeling the various ways humor works in these concise, but often sophisticated, literary creations. Puns are used for both humorous and rhetorical effect. For example, the title poem plays with polysemy (and troponymy) in its use of the word "smells": "An eye whispered once to an ear,/with a hint of disdain and a sneer./As its eyebrow arose,/it glanced down at the nose/and said, 'Something sure smells around here'" (p. …

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