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Limericks

Contributed by Leanne Guenther

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Introduction:

A limerick is a silly poem with five lines.  They are often funny or nonsensical.  Limericks were made famous by Edward Lear, a famous author who wrote the "Book of Nonsense" in the 1800's.  This was an entire book of silly limericks.

How to write a limerick:

The first, second and fifth lines rhyme with each other and have the same number of syllables (typically 8 or 9).
The third and fourth lines rhyme with each other and have the same number of syllables (typically 5 or 6)
Limericks often start with the line "There once was a..." or "There was a..."

Example of an 8,8,5,5,8 syllable limerick:

STAR
by Kaitlyn Guenther

There once was a wonderful star
Who thought she would go very far
Until she fell down
And looked like a clown
She knew she would never go far.

  

Printable Worksheets:

 

Examples:

Limericks by Edward Lear:

Limericks by Kaitlyn Guenther

Kaitlyn was 12 or 13 when she wrote these, so the syllables might be a bit off, but they're close.

Limericks by Leanne Guenther

 

 


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