Originally posted by ChrisW:
Well, Roger, what I meant by a motive was a reason for the speaker (not exactly the poet) to suddenly change course.
Most of the limeroids seem based on the experience we all have of needing to change the subject at the last minute.
Do you think there's an article in this, "Limeroids: Theory and Practice"?
Gee, Chris, this is the first time I've ever seen verisimilitide suggested as a requisite for a limerick (or its first cousin, the limeroid)!
Gosh, betrayed expectation is one of the oldest (and surest) tricks in comedy. Surely the speaker [or poet] can just want to surprise the reader--the same motivation as the "mishy-phen." Of course the surprise is more effective the more clever and dramatically coherent the context . . .
You mean the article hasn't been written yet?