So, what is a Limerick and who invented it?
The Limerick is an anecdote in verse. No one is quite sure who invented it, or when, or where. But the greatest populariser was Edward Lear, via his 'Book of nonsense,'1846.
One of the early masters of the contemporary limerick warned:
The limerick is furtive and mean,
you must keep her in close quarantine.
Or she sneaks to the slums
and promptly becomes,
disorderly, drunk and obscene.
In the same character, by anonymous:
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.