How to Twitter a Valentine Limerick
Written by William Clark
It is almost as if Twitter was designed for limericks, and limericks for valentine writers. The 140 characters maximum that you are allowed, and that includes punctuation and spaces, is very close to the average for this well-known poetry form so it is ideal for St Valentine's Day verses.
Twittering a limerick poem to your eagerly awaiting followers or valentine is extremely easy, but what if your masterpiece is a few characters on the obese side of the limit? No poet, if you can dignify limerick writers with that title, likes to see their artistic creation chopped off short like the Ugly Sister's toes.
So what do you do if you have a hot limerick that is too big for Twitter's boots? It is time to get on the thinking cap and "tweak the tweet".
This limerick's character count weighs in at 146, so how do we lose the extra 6?
The noun "something" could be changed to "one thing". This sounds right and saves a letter but needs a space so it is no good, remember -- spaces count as characters. In line two the adverb "terribly" can be changed to "awfully" without detriment to the scansion or sense.
Hurray! That's one away! Now the excess is only 5.
As informality is OK in a limerick, line three's "and" can be changed to "'n" for a saving of 1, leaving 4 to go.
Line four's "everything" contains an extra syllable as far as standard limerick scansion is concerned, and could be eliminated with an apostrophe "ev'rything" as this is how you would pronounce it, but this does not save us any characters. Blast!
But hold on, we can change it to "ever so" at a whopping saving of 3 characters, leaving only 1 to lose.
The last line works really well and it would be a pity to change it. When all else fails it is possible to remove the punctuation as the lines usually indicate the pauses anyway. Here you can remove the elision apostrophe, as the meaning of "and" is clear without it; and there we are: 140 characters.
A slimline, sleek limerick with a figure to get Twitter lovers wolf whistling in appreciation.
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So now you know how to Twitter a limerick to your valentine -- all you need is inspiration.
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