Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

No 4155

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

No 4155

Article excerpt

Set by Ian Birchall

We asked you to try your hand at limericks in which "Miliband" is one of the rhyme words.

This week's winners

Help! According to Wikipedia, the form a limerick takes is as follows: "The standard form of a limerick is a stanza of five lines, with the first, second and fifth usually rhyming with one another and having three feet of three syllables each; and the shorter third and fourth lines also rhyming with each other, but having only two feet of three syllables. The defining foot' of a limerick's meter is usually the anapaest (ta-ta-TUM, but limericks can also be considered amphibrachic, ta-TUM-ta)." Here are some lines from various (unnamed) entries: "The squeezed middle", "Son of Brown" and "Not mad, they said, but savvy; and, far from silly, grand". What happened to your two or three anapaests, my dears? In addition, the rhymes for Miliband were, shall we say, on occasion highly imaginative: militant, brilliant and moribund were three that caught my attention. And then there was the comper who sent in two entries of 12 and 13, lines, respectively. The winners get a [pounds sterling]5 book token per limerick, except for those with two wins, who get a [pounds sterling]10 cheque. The Tesco vouchers go, in addition, to Dave Sissons.

Daddy Ralph said to David and Ed,

"On your Marx, or I'll sendyou to bed!"

They laughed themselves silly, and

Each little Miliband

Played with a train set instead.

Dave Sissons

Young Edward, the Boy Miliband

-Short trousers, unfeasibly tanned-

He'll huff and he'll puff Say "We've had enough:

The barricades, comrades, get manned."

Alan Slack

The inseparable Daveward stood down

When battle was lost by the Brown

By sleight of left hand

Brave young Miliband

Beat big bro to take up the crown.

John Sellars

Of the leadership challenge by Miliband

Supporters said: "Won't 'e or will 'e stand? …

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