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Intro to Limericks

Introduction to limericks. It includes lots of examples and space to create one together.

Justin Stortz

on 4 May 2010

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Transcript of Intro to Limericks

Examples: The Form Meter
Rhyme There once was an old man from Esser,
Whose knowledge grew lesser and lesser.
It at last grew so small,
He knew nothing at all,
And now he's a college professor. via http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/english/limerick.htm There was a young man from Dealing
Who caught the bus for Ealing.
It said on the door
Don't spit on the floor
So he jumped up and spat on the ceiling Background Simple and short
Often humorous
Dubious history 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!'

by Edward Lear
via http://www.poetry-online.org/limericks.htm 5 lines total
Lines 1, 2, and 5 have seven to ten syllables and rhyme with each other
Lines 3 and 4 have five to seven syllables and rhyme with each other Limericks AABBA Lets try one:

There once was a _____________ from _____________ (A)
Who _________________________________________ (A)
(S)He__________________________________ (B)
Since__________________________________ (B)
So____________________________________________(A) There once was a clover named Kate,
Who sat on the edge of a plate,
The fancy folk dined,
On foods of all kind,
Then tossed her at quarter past eight.

via http://www.dltk-holidays.com/patrick/m-limerick.htm Silence is Golden

I once knew a man, Mr. Keller.
He wasn't a very smart feller.
His wife would say, "Dear,
how big is my rear?,"
and he wouldn't lie, he'd just tell 'er!

Copyright; Albert Van Hoogmoed
Email: vanh6@aol.com
via http://www.funnypoets.com/poetry/silenceisgolden.htm

There was an Old Man who supposed,
That the street door was partially closed;
But some very large rats,
Ate his coats and his hats,
While that futile old gentleman dozed. There was a Young Lady whose chin,
Resembled the point of a pin;
So she had it made sharp,
And purchased a harp,
And played several tunes with her chin.
There once was a dude from McKinney
Who got obsessed with trying to be skinny
He declared "I won't eat!"
'Till he walked down the street
And saw hamburgers cost only a penny Bubble Trouble

There once was a diver named Hank
who had to go sit on the bank.
He ran into trouble
when friends saw a bubble
that didn't come out of his tank.

Copyright; Albert Van Hoogmoed
Email: vanh6@aol.com
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