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The Maigue Poets of Croom

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Croom, Ireland


Friggity friggity! MacRaith and O’ Tuama: poets incessant and blabbering bores. Publican served insults – flibbertigibbeting. Rhetoric ingrained dull; flyting supreme! ________________________________________________________ The limerick is an English comedic five-line poem. The form could be found in England as far back as the early part of the 18th-century. It is thought to be derived from the Maigue Poets of Croom, County Limerick (depicted here). When the two erstwhile friends, Sean O’ Tuama and Andrias MacRaith, had a falling out they started trading insults (in rhyme format), ie flyting. LEXICON flibbertigibbeting: frivolous, flighty, or excessively talk. Flyting or fliting is a contest consisting of the exchange of insults between two parties, often conducted in verse.

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