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Poetic Forms Presentation: Limerick
Transcript of Poetic Forms Presentation: Limerick
Lines 1, 2 and 5 have seven to ten syllables and rhyme with one another.
Lines 3 and 4 of Limericks have five to seven syllables and also rhyme with each other. Limericks often start with the line "There once was a..." or "There was a..." Brown Dog Called Spot:
There was a brown dog called Spot,
Who tied up his tail with a knot
To remember his bone
Which he'd left back at home
When he sometimes went out for a trot.
-Rebecca Telford Young Lady of Ryde:
There was a Young Lady of Ryde,
Whose shoe-strings were seldom untied.
She purchased some clogs,
And some small spotted dogs,
And frequently walked about Ryde.
-Edward Lear Examples by Famous Poets By: Chelsea Park & Sara Pantovic Structure History Example of a Limerick poem without origin:
The limerick packs laughs anatomical
In space that is quite economical,
But the good ones I've seen
So seldom are clean,
And the clean ones so seldom are comical.
Name Origin Though the origin of the name has been
debated, most people seem to agree that
the name is a reference to the city of
Limerick in Ireland. Edward Lear was an English artist, illustrator, author, poet, famous
for his "literary nonsense" and especially his limericks.
Limericks were first popularized by him when he wrote 212 of them in his
1846 Book of Nonsense, a two volume work featuring 73 illustrated
limericks. Although he wrote this book of limericks, at the time he did not
use that term. Poem Example Analysis
The first poem is a popular one by Edward Lear.
This short poem about the Young Lady of Ryde follows the
traditional structure of a Limerick Poem. It contains 5 lines, line
1, 2 and 5 rhyming, with lines 3 and 4 rhyming as well. There's a
noticeable sense of humour to the poem which is the trait that limericks
are most known for.
The second example is a poem by Rebecca Telford. This poem just like the
one by Edward Lear follows the most common rhyme scheme of
a Limerick poem. Another trait of this form of poem is the syllables. In both examples they follow the usual pattern of seven to ten syllables in lines 1, 2, 5 and five to seven syllables in lines 3 and 4. Though this is not a strict rule, most limericks will have around that desired number of syllables. WORK CITED "Edward Lear." Wikipedia. N.p., January 16th/12. Web. Janurar 17th/12. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Lear>.
"Limerick Examples." Limerick Examples. N.p., May 20, 2009. Web. Janurar 17th/12. <http://www.examples-help.org.uk/limerick-examples.htm>.
"Limerick Poetry." DLTK. N.p., 2011. Web. Janurar 17th/12. <http://www.dltk-holidays.com/patrick/m-limerick.htm>.
"Limerick (poetry)." Wikipedia. N.p., January 15th/12. Web. Janurar 17th/12. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limerick_(poetry)>.
"Limericks." Poetry Online. N.p., November 1, 2003. Web. Janurar 17th/12. <http://www.poetry-online.org/limericks.htm>.
McCollum, Jordan. "The History of the Limerick." BellaOnline. N.p., 2012. Web. 17 Jan 2012. <http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art20882.asp> A limerick is a funny, sort of "out there", nonsense poem. It has to five lines with a strict rhyme scheme of AABBA. What is a Limerick Poem? The End