The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1802 Monday, 25 September 2000.
Date: Friday, 22 Sep 2000 15:16:17 -0400
Subject: Limerick Contest Correction
It has come to my attention that some people are upset at our 9-9-5-5-9
rhythm scheme as a rule for our contest, on the grounds that they were
never taught that limericks must adhere to a strict scheme, but rather
that they follow a spoken rhythm instead.
While I was taught that it was 9-9-5-5-9 or die, I can certainly
understand the validity of the complaint. It was only after receiving
several entries that followed something closer to a 12-13-17-17 scheme
that we felt it necessary to tighten the regulations.
With all this in mind, please note that we will be judging limericks
based on their rhythm, allowing that 9-9-5-5-9 is the general standard,
but that if you can slip in an extra few syllables without compromising
the spoken rhythm, by all means do.
Keep those entries coming!
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