A limerick is a type of lyric poem with a very specific rhyme scheme and metric pattern. Limericks are often for comedy but they can be satirical as well. It is made up of 5 lines of poetry.
Tomorrow is National Limerick Day.
Lines 1, 2 and 5 have the same end rhyme and the same rhythm
Lines 3 and 4 have the same end rhyme and same rhythm
Lines 1, 2 and 5 are lengthier than lines 3 and 4
Each line follows a pattern of unstressed/unstressed/stressed syllables
The meter follows this pattern:
Lines 1 2 and 5 are usually 9 syllables
Lines 3 and 4 are usually 6 syllables
Here are a couple of examples of a Limerick poem:
“There was an Old Man with a beard
Who said, “It is just as I feared!”
Two Owls and a Hen
Four Larks and a Wren
Have all built their nests in my beard!”
Edward Lear (this Brit popularized the limerick)
“Our novels get longa and longa
Their language gets stronga and stronga
There’s much to be said
For a life that is led
in illiterate places like Bonga”
Private Home Health Care hopes you can have some fun tomorrow working on your own limerick. It’s good for your brain and you might add a bit of laughter to your day!