Isn't posting a "limerick" that is NOT a limerick actually false advertising??
I have bit my tongue for quite a while now about all the "limericks" that get posted on Hubpages which are NOT true limericks. They may be poems, but they are NOT limericks because they do not scan in the correct way or have the correct number of lines, or other contain other errors.
And yet, these posters get numerous positive comments about their "limericks" despite them being named incorrectly. If we were inaccurate in other things, we would be critiqued.
Am I the only one that feels this way?
I completely understand how you feel. I see many poems that are in the wrong categories yet still receive positive feedback.
I think the problem is that many writers and readers don't understand form poetry. They focus only on the content.
Personally I leave a kind comment explaining that the poem is in the wrong category. It is then their problem to change the poem or change the category. They usually don't but it makes me feel a little bit better.
Calling a poem a limerick only becomes false advertising if there is a desire to gain something from this misnaming of a piece of poetry. If the person is not desirous of any kind of gain (money, acknowledgement, etc.); then, it is not false advertising. False advertising is intended to mislead consumers into believing something that is not true.
Having said that, I think someone should mention that this not a true limerick.
I think an unwritten hub is calling your name, petenali....asking you to write it and explain "how to write a limerick." Then, if someone posts a poem and incorrectly labels it a limerick, you will have done your best to teach him or her how a limerick should be written.
By the way, I've always enjoyed reading "true" limericks, but am not very good at writing them.
"There once was a man from Japan,
Whose limericks never would scan,
When asked why he replied,
Yes, but I always try to get as many words on the last line as I possibly can." (Anon.)
('Real' limericks are supposed to scan, one would add, glumly.)
Right, so the US Embassy in Tokyo is supposed to launch a trade descriptions suit at some Imperial body or other??
I have read that very "limerick" before and it is a very clever one. If you go by the format of a traditional limerick, it does not fit. Sorry you are so glum, as that is the opposite result of a limerick in my opinion. They should make you laugh!
Some may not know what a true limerick is composed of. It would not be false advertising if they were not aware or posted unknowingly. It could be unintentional false advertising because they lack the knowledge. Please tell me if this is a true limerick:
There was a young pirate named Bates,
Who attempted to rhumba on skates,
He fell on his cutless
Which rendered him nutless,
Now he is useless on dates.
(Hope this was not too improper to post or offended anyone.)
I sat with this matter
over a cup of tea
did some head natter
then typed what you see,
perhaps some need to go
learn how they speak
and how they think
maybe on return
they will write
that is quite right.
Some "limericks" can make me cringe,
But rather than sit here and whinge,
I'll applaud your hub plan,
You go for it, young man,
Then we'll have a great limerick binge.
@Innerspin - Now that's the spirit! Let's all binge together...
Jeepers, that could have been a new hub! Seriously, I don't think a limerick is worthy of a hub.
Here's a limerick I wrote called: Super Surrealism
Superman the Man of Steel,
Met Salvador Dali in the town of Medfield.
He said, 'Paint my picture
As a top baseball pitcher."
The red sox and cape looked surreal.
Not unless you have to pay for it. ("too short") Not unless you have to pay for it.
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