Until the first edition of The Curious Story of the Limerick was published in 2013, the link between Limerick the place and the limerick poem had never been properly explored nor had a book ever been published on the connection between them. This is despite Limerick being the only place in Ireland to give its name to a form of poetry. This slim volume filled a major gap in Ireland's literart history and was soon recognised as a standard work on the subject. This second edition, which like the first, is written by Matthew Potter, Curator of Limerick Museum, packs in a wealth of detail on the origins and history of the limerick, the Maigue Poets, and the various theories as to how it got its name, while also including numerous samples by an amazing variety of authors from Shakespeare to Spike Mulligan. In addition, Dr Potter has included a wealth of new material that he has discovered since the first eddition appeared. One of the principal aims of this book is to create an awareness of the connection between the place and the poem so that Limerick can establish itself intertionally as one of the few places that gave its name to a literary form.
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Date of Publication: 06/09/2019