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Limerick. A limerick is a humorous poem of five lines. It is funny, witty and often silly. It usually starts with “There once was…” or “There was…” It has a very distinctive rhyme and rhythm pattern. Rhyme Pattern.

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limerick
Limerick
  • A limerick is a humorous poem of five lines.
  • It is funny, witty and often silly.
  • It usually starts with “There once was…” or “There was…”
  • It has a very distinctive rhyme and rhythm pattern.
rhyme pattern
Rhyme Pattern
  • The last words of the first, second and fifth lines all rhyme with each other.
  • The last words of the third and fourth lines rhyme with each other.
  • Therefore, the rhyme scheme of a limerick is AABBA.
rhythm pattern
Rhythm Pattern

The first, second and fifth lines all have this rhythm:

da DUM da da DUM da da DUM

(notice that there are three beats)

The third and fourth lines have a different rhythm pattern:

da DUM da da DUM

(notice that there are only two beats)

a few tips for writing your own
A few tips for writing your own:
  • First, choose the name of a person, place or thing that you want your limerick to be about.
  • Next, make up your first line. (There once was… or There was…)
  • Brainstorm words that rhyme with the last word of your first line.
  • Write your second line. Make sure that it rhymes with line one.
  • Now, think of two short sentences that rhyme with each other, but not lines one and two. They must describe the topic.
  • Create your last line and remember that it must rhyme with lines one and two.
  • Finally, check your rhythm pattern. Count the beats.
  • Edit, revise and share.
example
Example
  • There once was a boy named Grant
  • And man that kid could rant
  • He’d talk to himself
  • He’d talk to a shelf
  • He’d even talk to a plant.