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!
See if you can write the PUNCH LINE for the following limerick:
There was a young gent named Sam Markie
who decided to marry an Arkie*
he told her he owned
a mansion full-blown
she said _________________________
*Arkie - migrant worker from Arkansas
Put your PUNCH LINE in the comments, okay?
If you don't want to finish my limerick why don't you try to write your own limerick and put it in the comments?
I'll list all your limericks in a subsequent post so everyone can read them!