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Perhaps the Perpetrator in Chief of Numéro Cinq already has an idea for the next contest. However, I’d like to make a suggestion (or two): How about the Limerick, or the Double Dactyl? For those unfamiliar with the latter, an example:
Hans Christian Andersen
Sat with some towheaded
Lads on a shelf,
Hoping that fairytales
Aided in keeping his
Hans to himself.
As in the Limerick, the rhythm is insidious. According to the rules set forth in Jiggery-Pokery, by Anthony Hecht and John Hollander, the poem must begin with a double-dactyl nonsense line such as “higgledy-piggledy” or “jiggery-pokery,” followed by a double-dactylic famous name, then another double dactyl, and a line of four beats. Then it begins all over again, ending, like all jokes, with a punch line.
Either of these poetic forms would be entirely consonant with the profound intellectual tone of Numéro Cinq.