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Limericks

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Rune Klungerbo

on 18 October 2012

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Transcript of Limericks

How do we write them? Limericks Say, “He fell off the dock” out loud.

Now the rhythm pattern:
“da DUM da da DUM” The third and fourth lines have a different rhythm pattern:
da DUM da da DUM There once was a young girl named Jill.
Who was scared by the sight of a drill.
She brushed every day
So her dentist would say,
“Your teeth are so perfect; no bill.” How do we recite them? A poem of five lines where the first, second and fifth line rhymes, and the third and fourth line
rhymes. 1.There once was a fellow named Tim (A)
2.whose dad never taught him to swim. (A)
3.He fell off a dock (B)
4.and sunk like a rock. (B)
5.And that was the end of him. (A) Rhythm Pattern: The first, second, and fifth lines all have this rhythm pattern: da DUM da da DUM da da DUM (notice there are 3 DUMS or beats). Say, “There once was a fellow named Tim” out loud.

And now the rhythm pattern: da dum da da dum da da dum. An easy way to get started is to pick a boy’s or girl’s name that has one syllable (like Bill, Tim, Dick, Sue, or Jill).

There once was a fellow (or young girl) named ____(pick an easy name with one syllable). We’ll pick “Jill.” So the first line is:

“There once was a young girl named Jill.” Now make a list of words that rhyme with the last word in the first line—in this case, Jill. Your list of rhyming words might include: hill, drill, pill, skill, bill, will, and ill.
Now write the second line using one of the rhyming words. Here’s an example:

“Who freaked at the sight of a drill.”

(Notice that the last words in the first two lines rhyme and that both the first and second lines contain 3 DUMS or beats.) Now think of an interesting story. What could happen to someone scared
of a drill?
Well, you might have an interesting story if Jill had to go to the dentist.
Here’s what might happen in the third and fourth lines.

“She brushed every day.”

“So, her dentist would say,”

(Notice that “day” and “say,” the last words in the third and fourth lines,
both rhyme. And notice there are 2 DUMS or beats in each line.) Now you need to go back to the list of “A” rhyming words to find
one that can end the poem. Here’s an example:

“Your teeth are quite perfect. No bill.” Its' your turn now. Write as many limericks as you can;
start by listing up rhyming words.


Good luck! Limericks Body Body
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