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How to write a limerick

Fran Stucki

on 7 May 2010

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Transcript of limericks

limericks pattern examples how to write a limerick history 14th century nursery rhymes. These were short, and easy to write and later became "dirty". They were repeated by beggars or the working class in British pubs and taverns in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries. The name Limerick came
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5 lines •aabba 1,2, and 5 rhyme
3 and 4 rhyme
To help you get started with your own limerick, you may want to begin with one of the following lines:
There once was boy/girl from ________________.
There once was a man/woman from ________________.
There once was a boy/girl named ________________.
There once was a man/woman named ________________.
1. chose a good topic. Limericks are usually written about individuals or specific characters. They often begin with the words: There once was. . . or There was a. . .
2. Brainstorm a list of well-known people or characters.
3. Choose a topic from your generated list.
4. Then write words or phrases that humorously describe your chosen topic with humerous words and phrases that fit the rhyming and syllable pattern of limerick poetry.
5.continue writing until it follows the correct rhyming and syllable pattern.

There was an Old Man in a tree,
Whose Whiskers were lovely to see;
But the Birds of the Air
Pluck’d them perfectly bare,
To make themselves Nests in that Tree.
There was a mean clown in the circus.
For fun he would push us and jerk us.
He would hit us with pies
That left cream in our eyes.
His act never once failed to irk us.
There was an Old Man in a tree,
Who was horribly bored by a Bee;
When they said, 'Does it buzz?'
He replied, 'Yes, it does!'
'It's a regular brute of a Bee!'
There was a Young Lady whose eyes,
Were unique as to colour and size;
When she opened them wide,
People all turned aside,
And started away in surprise.
There was an Old Man with a gong,
Who bumped at it all day long;
But they called out, 'O law!
You're a horrid old saw!'
So they smashed that Old Man with a "bong".
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