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Theme : ENGLISH LIMERICKS. Problem:. Is there any sense in poems of nonsense ?. What is a “Limerick”?. A limerick is a kind of a witty, humorous, or nonsense verse with a strict rhyme scheme ( AABBA). There was an Old Man of Peru,

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Is there any sense in poems of nonsense?


A limerick is a kind of a witty, humorous, or nonsense verse with a strict rhyme scheme (AABBA).


There was an Old Man of Peru,

Who dreamt he was eating his shoe.He awoke in the night

In a terrible fright

And found it was perfectly true!


A rhyme scheme is the pattern of rhyme between lines of a poem or song. It is usually referred to by using letters to indicate which lines rhyme.


Bid me to weep, and I will weepA

While I have eyes to see; B

And having none, and yet I will keep A

A heart to weep for thee. B

There was a Young Lady of Niger, A

Who smiled as she rode on a tiger; A

They returned from the ride B

With the Lady inside, B

And the smile on the face of the tigerA


The standard form of a limerick is a stanza of five lines, with the first, second and fifth usually rhyming with one another and having three feet of three syllables each; and the shorter third and fourth lines also rhyming with each other, but having only two feet of three syllables.



There was a clever old miser who tries

Every method to e-co-no-mize.

He said with a wink

"I save gallons of ink

By simply not dotting my i's"

edward lear1
Edward Lear
  • Born - 12 May 1812Holloway, Middlesex, UK
  • Died - 29 January 1888 (aged75)Sanremo, Liguria, Italy
  • Occupation - Illustrator, Writer (poet)
  • Nationality - British
  • Ethnicity - White British
  • Citizenship - British, Italian
  • Period - 19th century
  • Genres - Children's literature
  • Literary movement - Literary nonsense

A flea and a fly in a flue,

Were trapped and knew not what to do,

'Let us flee', said the fly,

'Let us fly', said the flea,

So they flew through a flaw in the flue.


There was a young man from Japan

Whose limericks never would scan.

When asked why this was,

He replied "It's because

I always try to fit as many syllables into the last line as ever I possibly can."


There once was a man from the sticks

Who liked to compose limericks.

But he failed at the sport,

For he wrote 'em too short.


There was an old man with a beard,

A funny old man with a beard

He had a big beard

A great big old beard

That amusing old man with a beard.


That mad actor, Max Hackney-Pratts

Gathered masses and masses of hats,

Kept a set in his bed,

Twenty-seven on his head

And the balance on black plastic mats.


Benjamin Gregory Berry

Never drinks red wine or sherry But giving him whisky

Is a little bit risky:

He tends to get terribly merry!