How to Tweet a St Patricks Day Limerick
Written by William Clark
Twitter your St. Patrick's Day Limerick Poem
Limericks are a great way to send a St Patricks Day greeting. You can go the traditional way with cards but why not send a tweet to all your followers? The limerick has a standard structure that people really like so it is worthwhile using. As the luck of the Irish would have it the average limerick is about 140 characters. It's like Twitter designed it specially for limericks. These 140 characters include spaces and punctuation.
Not all limericks will, of course, reach the magic number but some of your best could exceed it. So, what to do? You don't want to lose the sense of your hard-crafted verse by chopping a bit off.
Example of a good St Patrick's Day limerick
The character count for this limerick totals 149, so how to lose the surplus 9?
In line one the phrase "God's blessing" could be changed to "Good wishes". This is an acceptable variation that saves 3 characters. Down to 6
Line two "Here's hoping" could be changed to "I hope that" This will save a useful 2 characters and leaves us with 4.
You have lost the alliteration of the two "H"s but that's a small price to pay to meet the Twitter limit If you have hundreds of followers imagine the cost of posting cards.
Informal usage is fairly OK in limericks so you could have considered removing some of the punctuation. No one is likely to complain if you substitute "St Patricks Day" for "St. Patrick's Day" to save 2 characters in line two. So that is only 2 to go.
By using "everything instead of "all that is" in line three you have a saving of 1. To keep the rhythm exactly right you can use a mark of elision -- an apostrophe to give "ev'rything" showing that the "e" will not be pronounced.
You can consider removing all the punctuation or at least the less important ones so long as they are not important to the sense. Most people won't mind but if you are writing for your teacher she might tick you of! We want to lose another character so the comma after "Day" could be removed.
Bingo! we have our 140 characters with all the sense and rhythm preserved. The luck of the Irish indeed!
These tips and tricks should enable you to pare away the excess characters in your limerick poems to twitter a tweet that no one will beat.
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