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Introduction to Haikus & Limericks
Transcript of Introduction to Haikus & Limericks
The limerick's callous and crude,
Its morals distressingly lewd;
It's not worth the reading
By persons of breeding -
It's designed for us vulgar and rude.
The limerick is furtive and mean
You must keep her in close quarantine
Or she sneaks to the slums
And promptly becomes
Disorderly, drunk and obscene.
An elderly man called Keith
Mislaid his set of false teeth-
They'd been laid on a chair,
He'd forgot they were there,
Sat down, and was bitten beneath
Limericks follow a A,A,B,B,A
pattern with a specific rhythm typically:
1.da-dah da-da-dah da daah
2.da-dah da-da-dah da daah
5.da-dah da-da-dah da-daa
Typically the content of a
limerick follows this pattern:
Limericks are known as poetry for "common men" because they contained more lewd content than is expected from most poetry.
Haiku is a poetic form that originated in Japan.
The content of haiku poems focus on nature, or emotional content.
Curving up, then down. (5)
Meeting blue sky and green earth. (7)
Melding sun and rain. (5)
The red blossom bends (5)
and drips dew to the ground (7)
Like a tear it falls. (5)
Haiku poems have 3 lines
It's not necessary that they rhyme
but it's not against the rule either.
5 syllables in the first line
7 syllables in the second
and 5 syllables in the last line.