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1
Limericks
  • British poet Edward Lear (1812-1888) is most
    widely recognized as the father of the limerick
    form of poetry and is well known for his nonsense
    poems.
  • Limericks aren't Irish (Edward Lear was English)
    -- but there is a Limerick county in Ireland.
  • In this lesson, you will learn the form of the
    limerick poem, practice finding the rhythm and
    rhyme schemes in various limericks, and write
    your own limericks.

2
What is a limerick?
  • A limerick is a poem of five lines.
  • The first, second, and fifth lines have three
    rhythmic beats and rhyme with one another.
  • The third and fourth lines have two beats and
    rhyme with one another.
  • So, the rhyme scheme is AABBA
  • They are always light-hearted, humorous poems.

3
Limericks
  • There once was a man with no hair.
  • He gave everyone quite a scare.
  • He got some Rogaine,
  • Grew out a mane,
  • And now he resembles a bear!

4
Limerick About a Bee
  • I wish that my room had a floor,
  • I dont care so much for a door.
  • But this walking around
  • Without touching the ground
  • Is getting to be quite a bore.

5
Another Limerick
  • There once was a very small mouse
  • Who lived in a very small house,
  • The oceans spray
  • Washed it away,
  • All that was left was her blouse!

6
One more example
  • I sat next the Duchess at tea.
  • It was just as I feared it would be
  • Her rumblings abdominal
  • Were simply abominable
  • And everyone thought they were me!

7
Limericks
  • Quick Practice
  • 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 _______.
  • (Can you guess what words go in the blanks?)

8
Limericks
  • Quick Practice
  • There once was a pauper named Meg
  • Who accidentally broke her leg.
  • She slipped on the ice.
  • Not once, but thrice
  • Take no pity on her, I beg.

9
Another practice limerick
  • There was a young lady named Sue,
  • Who could not locate her left ______
  • On one foot she ______.
  • She had to be _______.
  • Her right foot became black and ____________.

(Can you guess what words go in the blanks?)
10
Another practice limerick
  • There was a young lady named Sue,
  • Who could not locate her left shoe
  • On one foot she hopped.
  • She had to be stopped.
  • Her right foot became black and blue.

11
You will create a limerick similar to this one
  • There once was a man from Beijing.
  • All his life he hoped to be King.
  • So he put on a crown,
  • Which quickly fell down.
  • That small silly man from Beijing.

12
Fill in the blanks and create your own limerick.
  • There once was a _____ from _____.
  • All the while she/he hoped ________.
  • So she/he ____________________,
  • And ________________________,
  • That _________ from ___________.
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