Limericks. simple and short – they only have five lines Lines 1, 2, and 5 of Limericks have seven to ten syllables and rhyme with one another Lines 3 and 4 of Limericks have five to seven syllables and also rhyme with each other
They often contain hyperbole, onomatopoeia, idioms, puns, and other figurative devices. The last line of a good limerick contains the PUNCH LINE or "heart of the joke." As you work with limericks, remember to have pun, I mean FUN!
Limericks are easy to remember! Limericks are short and no great talent is necessary to compose one - Limericks are a form of poetry that everyone feels happy to try! You’ll see!
There was an Old Man with a beard,Who said, 'It is just as I feared!Two Owls and a Hen,Four Larks and a Wren,Have all built their nests in my beard!'
There was an Old Person whose habits,Induced him to feed upon rabbits;When he'd eaten eighteen,He turned perfectly green,Upon which he relinquished those habits.
There was an Old Person of Buda,Whose conduct grew ruder and ruder;Till at last, with a hammer,They silenced his clamor,By smashing that Person of Buda.
There was a Young Person of Crete,Whose toilette was far from complete;She dressed in a sack,Spickle-speckled with black,That ombliferous person of Crete.
There was an Old Man with a gong,Who bumped at it all day long;But they called out, 'O gore!You're a horrid old bore!'So they smashed that Old Man with a gong.
There was an Old Person of Chili,Whose conduct was painful and silly,He sat on the stairs,Eating apples and pears,That imprudent Old Person of Chili.
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 one was a man from Peru,Who dreamed of eating his shoe,he awoke with a fright,in the middle of the night,and found that his dream had come true!
There was a young hunter named ShepherdWho was eaten for lunch by a leopard.Said the leopard, "Egad!You'd be tastier, ladIf you had been salted and peppered!"
A flea and a fly in a flue
Were caught, so what could they do?
Said the fly, "Let us flee."
"Let us fly," said the flea.
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.
In a castle that had a deep moatLived a chicken a duck and a goat.They wanted to go out And wander aboutBut all they needed was a boat.
An epicure dining at CreweFound a very large bug in his stew.Said the waiter, "Don't shoutAnd wave it about,Or the rest will be wanting one too."
There once was a pauper named Meg
Who accidentally broke her _______.
She slipped on the ______.
Not once, but thrice
Take no pity on her, I __________.
Now you write one: