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Sunday 20 February 2011

Exploring Poetry - Limerick

Welcoming you all to week 7 of " Exploring Poetry ".Every week a new prompt is published here on " Monday " and stays open until further notice .Poems on any themes selected by the respective owner should be written based only on the chosen Poetry Form.You can write and link them up or share if you already one .Good Day!

This Week's Prompt :LIMERICKS

A limerick is a funny poem with five lines.They are like Clerihew, funny poem but the rhyme pattern and rules are different from that of Clerihew. Limericks were made famous by Edward Lear, a famous author who wrote the "Book of Nonsense" in the 1800's.  This was an entire book of silly limericks.

How to write a Limerick ?

1.It 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.
2.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.
3.Lines A-A are generally longer(six to ten syllables) than lines B-B(four to seven syllables).
4.Lines A generally have three strong beats (syllable) while the  lines B have only two beats (syllable)

4.Limericks are meant to be funny.
5.They often contain hyperbole, onomatopoeia, idioms, puns, and other figurative devices.
6.The last line of a good limerick contains the PUNCH LINE or "heart of the joke."
7.If you out your Limericks out loud and clap to the rhythm,it turns out to be Fun

Limerick -1
Doctor foster , perfect man went out to dine
He ate and ate all the foods that was fine
Due overeating he became
A man who was not the same
Running to and fro gasping for a toilet sign 

Limerick -2
That actress name is Ness Winslet
Who went on a voting spree in Internet
Form London to Moscow
For her forthcoming film Gaslow
She chirped and tweeted her laptop on bed 

Welcome on board !Click the ADD LINK below to link in your Limerick.


  1. so well done.
    I need to learn these.

  2. The limericks are so awesome..very funny... :)
    I find it a little tough to write limericks...I am not that good with humor...