Sunday, March 08, 2009

Create a Limerick

A limerick is a five-line poem written with one couplet and one triplet. If a couplet is a two-line rhymed poem, then a triplet would be a three-line rhymed poem. The rhyme pattern is a a b b a with lines 1, 2 and 5 containing 3 beats and rhyming, and lines 3 and 4 having two beats and rhyming. Some people say that the limerick was invented by soldiers returning from France to the Irish town of Limerick in the 1700's.

Limericks are meant to be funny. 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! Say the following limericks out loud and clap to the rhythm.

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.


Come on try this out! Give us the last line in the comments.


Thanks for participating! Lew came up with the last line! Good job, Lew!

Let's try this again. Look for CREATE A LIMERICK 2 at the end of the week.



Richard said...

Haven't heard from you in while
I always liked your style
Maybe with this current note
You'll think about what I wrote
And write or call or dial!

Long time no hear from Teach, hope all is A-OK


Hey Harriet said...

Oooh I may have to come back to this after I've had more coffee. Nothing is springing to mind right now. I'm a hopeless poet anyway!

Lew said...

"so they flew through a flaw in the flue!" There were also a bunch of raunchy limericks which one of my uncles knew. I can't remember any of them now!

Queen-Size funny bone said...

So they conferred and came up with a coo!

SandyCarlson said...

Will give this some thought today, Mary!

Leora said...

So now they do live in your shoe!

So they climbed on a cow who said moo.

So they landed in your tea and said 'phew'.

EastCoastLife said...

I don't have any idea now.

Wishing you and all ladies :

Happy International Women's Day!

Akelamalu said...

So they flew through a hole in the flue.

♥ Kathy said...

lol cool..congrats Lew

Hey Harriet said...

Oh this is too bizarre because Leora said almost exactly what I had come up with...

So they jumped on a cow, it said "moo!"

How funny! I'll have to be quicker next time :)