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Post by R-Tape » Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:58 am

There was a young man from Caerphilly
Who played Spectrum till demented & silly
He said: I can get to the attic
But my progress becomes static
I'm starting to hate Jet Set Willy!

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Post by MatGubbins » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:04 am

There was a young lad named Paul
Who thought he was rather cool
But he got in a muddle
When he dived in a puddle
And now he's called Hydrofool
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Re: ZX Limericks

Post by R-Tape » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:16 am

“Paul” and “cool” might rhyme if a Geordie says it, not sure otherwise! Nay John Pool?
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Post by Joefish » Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:42 pm

Says Mr. too-many-syllables-for-a-limerick... :lol:
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Post by R-Tape » Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:26 pm

Joefish wrote:
Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:42 pm
Says Mr. too-many-syllables-for-a-limerick... :lol:
Which line/s?

I wanted to say Jet Set ****ing Willy somewhere in the last line but it sounded too long!
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Post by Einar Saukas » Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:09 pm

A man from Caerphilly
Playing Spectrum, so silly!
He went to the attic
But then got static...
Now hates f**ing Willy!
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Post by R-Tape » Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:46 pm

Nice! On the short side I think.

This is my understanding of the rules:

Lines 1,2,5 should rhyme and have a similar number of syllables, they can be longish.
Lines 3,4 should rhyme and have a similar number of syllables, these are often the shorter sentence.
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Post by R-Tape » Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:47 pm

There was a young lady from Gwennap
Who had problems changing WAV to TAP
She moved the azimuth a smidge
The screen said "Bytes: SQIJ"
She said "what is this pile of horsecrap?!"
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Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:19 pm

The same guy from Caerphilly
after completing Jet Set Willy
decided to play Stonkers
'this man is really bonkers!'
said a nurse born in Chile
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Post by Joefish » Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:10 pm

R-Tape wrote:
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:46 pm
This is my understanding of the rules:
Lines 1,2,5 should rhyme and have a similar number of syllables, they can be longish.
Lines 3,4 should rhyme and have a similar number of syllables, these are often the shorter sentence.
Lines 1,2 and 5 should have identical numbers of syllables, typically 3 repetitions of 3 beats. If you chuck in one or two extra trivial beats at the end of each line (or miss off the first one) you have to do it for all the lines in that set, or it gets too messy to recite.

Lines 3 and 4 should also have identical numbers of syllables, typically 2 repetitions of 3 beats. Again if there's one more or less, both lines still need to match.

You also get an emphasis on the third beat of each set of three, which can sound weird if it falls in an unnatural place in a longer word.

https://whvvugt.home.xs4all.nl/Archives ... cture.html

So you can't have 9 syllables in your first line, then 11 in the second.
Note where the major beats fall, every third syllable:

On the norks of a barmaid from Hale
Were tatooed all the prices of ale.
And upon her behind
(For the sake of the blind)
Were those very same prices...
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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . in braille.
Not very Speccy I'll admit, but I doubt Uncle Clive would disapprove, given his history...

It's not easy to write successive lines where the rhythm works in exactly the same pattern for the different words. Which is why it takes time and a lot of effort to get it right.
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