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To the Editor:—
Anent your confession of fondness for limericks under the title of "Tonics and Sedatives" (J. A. M. A.173:1238 [July 16] 1960), I suspect thee of some artful leg pulling of thine audience when thou offerest two quadruplets from the pen of T. R. Rees. For one so erudite as to toss out casually mention of thine succedaneous action in the same column, thou art trying to foist upon us a most foul succedaneum in lieu of a limerick. Knowest thou not, Sire, that a limerick (after the place of like name in Eire) is—Five anapaestic linesOf which the first, second, and fifth are of three feet and rhymeWhile the third and fourth are of two feet and rhyme?From this thee will perceive thine double error (Sporting News please copy); not only succedaneizing a 4-line jingle in place of 5 good lines,
Ian Macdonald. TONICS AND SEDATIVES. JAMA. 1960;174(5):547. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03030050089031
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