Blogs by Regis Auffray
1/6/2007 7:30:08 PM
Someone asked me to post my "lesson" on this type of poetry.
Now, a poetry lesson on the limerick.
Here are a few examples that I composed for *******.
Shirelle* wants a cat as a friend
She looks for one 'round every bend
At last she finds Kitty
But ain't it a pity
He looks more like a rat than a cat
*Not her real name.
Shirelle works at a local bistro
You can see her go to and fro
She's the best at her job
Though her boss is a knob
She sure helps the business to grow
A gal from this town named Shirelle
Likes to shop through the "Buy and Sell"
A juicer she bought
Even though it was "hot"
Now Shirelle is the belle of a cell
Shirelle has created Ginormous*
She's not big in fact she's "ignormous"
She's brave and she's strong
She never does wrong
If she does it's never on purpose
*Ginormous is a computer game character created by Shirelle.
There's this gal I know from the "wack" (Chilliwack)
She worked at the Tim Horton shack
She's smart and she's pretty
She's sharp and she's witty
That's why the customers came back
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!
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