There is a story behind these. It involves a desk, an iPhone, a copy of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, and lots of caffeine. It’s quite a long story, actually, so I’ll cut to the chase: I have written a series of limericks (sort of) for every book/play we read in my American Literature Honors course, save Catcher in the Rye. This is because I couldn’t think of a good rhyme for “Holden.” (Embolden? Crawled in? Hat pin?)
So… without further ado, I present to you:
LIT HONORS LIMERICKS
by Aditi Ramaswamy
(Feel free to cringe.)
THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD
There once was a young woman named Janie –
Though a drop-out, she was fairly brainy;
Being restless, she ran away to the swamp
Where, to her horror, a mad dog went “chomp!”
Thus ended the travels of poor Janie.
THE GREAT GATSBY*
There once was a lady named Daisy
Who proved to be inestimably lazy;
She met young Jay Gatsby
And won his undying fancy;
Yet when he died, her eyes were left dried;
She simply yawned and said “That man was crazy!”
THE SCARLET LETTER
There once was a man named Dimmesdale
Whose face was perpetually pale;
He had a young daughter,
But claimed he wasn’t a father;
That poor guilty Rev’rend Dimmesdale.
A RAISIN IN THE SUN
There once was a fellow named Walter;
Whose belief in his dreams never faltered;
He tried his utmost –
And came oh so close –
Yet in the end couldn’t escape from his halter.
THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN
There once was a boy named Huck Finn;
Who thought freeing a slave was a sin;
Yet he paddled through mud
And braved every flood
To help his newfound friend Jim.
*This one is not strictly a limerick. It has one extra line… but I just couldn’t resist.