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The Limerick Hardcover – December 12, 1988
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As others here have pointed out, if you are the least bit squeamish, are offended by gross doggerel, sexism, blatant misogyny and just plane simple filth, then you probably should avoid this one. Looking through this collection I could not find one offering I could record in this review that would get by the Amazon censors so that I could give you an example. Now I am considered, at the very least, a semi-jaded person and far from a prude, but to be quite frank, the large majority of these 1700 plus poems offended even me. Don't get me wrong, I was interested in them and found them to the fascinating, many of them quite funny, as I always have, but was nevertheless found many of them to be quite disturbing a certain level. Perhaps I am mellowing with age.
The compiler of this collection has been kind enough to group the into categories such as Little Romances, Organs, Abuses of the Clergy, Zoophily, Excrement, Motherhood, Prostitution, Sex Substitutes, Chamber of Horrors, Virginity and many, oh so many, others. Trust me folks, there is some very, very grim reading here!
The introduction to this work is quite well done though. The author is quick to point out that the limerick, as we know it today, nor as we knew it in the past, is not the folk poetry of the poor or the uneducated, but is almost exclusive to the educated class. As he points out; "this is a type of literary revolt that almost no other social class cares to share. Few persons of non-college background know, or want to know, any limericks at all, whether clean or bawdy...." Limericks indeed, are the folk-expression almost solely of the college group, particularly the professors, concentrating specifically on the bawdy limerick. The bawdy limerick remains thereafter the special delectation of college-educated men (and a few disoriented women nowadays),..." You really need to read the introduction yourself as I cannot begin to do it justice here. If the dark corners of the human mind can conceive it, then it is recorded somewhere in these 517 pages.
If this work is to be read, it must be approached with a very open mind (as another reviewer has pointed out), and must be accepted as part of our Angelo-American Culture, for good or for bad. Sometimes it is best to stand back and view our worse traits, examine our own fears and anxieties (for indeed, limericks are a strong reflection of these fears and anxieties, have no doubt). I think it makes us better people in the long run. Was it not Pogo who stated "we have found the enemy, and he is us?" (If you do not know who Pogo was, then you are probably too young to be reading this review and you are sure too young to be reading the book being reviewed).
All in all, this is a good collection, well designed and well presented. If you are interested in this form of literature, then this is a must to read and own.
He is true to their form. As he says, "This is the largest collection of limericks ever published, erotic or otherwise. Of the 1700 printed here, none are otherwise."
If you are prudish, stay away. You will be shocked by the language in these short poems.
On the other hand, if you are open-minded, you will be entertained by the endless variety of inventive language in these limericks. Mr. Legman has helpfully categorized them by subject matter, such as, "Little Romances," "Oral Irregularity," and "Abuses of the Clergy."
This is a monument to creativity, even if of lowbrow quality.
Legman also includes a 73 page introduction that discusses the history of the limerick, its writers, and reciters. He also includes extensive notes and variants cited for many of these limericks, a bibliography, rhyme glossary (critical for the strict structure of a limerick), and name index.
For the obsessive fan of the limerick, there is no other book than this one.