Wilde, Stoker, Ruskin and Whistler in limericks

Photograph of Oscar Wilde

Oh no. Don’t mix Interesting Literature’s Lives of Victorian Writers Told in Limericks with commuting; before you know it, you’ll be thinking in limericks yourself. Here are my attempts.

Photograph of James McNeill Whistler

“James McNeill Whistler ca. 1885” by Unspecified. Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell Collection (Library of Congress), Wikimedia Commons

James McNeill Whistler

Butterflies aren’t ‘sposed to sting
But tears Jimmy Whistler did wring
From his friends, don’t you see
He’d make enemies
His praises you had to sing

Photograph of Oscar Wilde

“Oscar Wilde” by Napoleon Sarony. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Oscar Wilde

There once was a writer called Wilde
Lord Alfred a thorn in his side
Homophobes cast him down
But Oscar took the crown
For his words live on with renown

Photograph of Bram Stoker

“Bram Stoker 1906” by unidentified photographer, Wikimedia Commons

Bram Stoker

There once was a writer called Bram
Devoted to Irving, that ham
To Whitman he wrote
Confessing his hopes
Count Dracula lives and is damned!

Photograph of John Ruskin

“John Ruskin 1863” by William Downey (1829-1915) – [1]. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

John Ruskin

There once was a critic called Ruskin
Who made Jimmy Whistler go buskin’
“Hand on my heart,
this is not Art.
Nocturnes can go in the dustbin.”

© JD Ellevsen 2015

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