Limericks are short, humorous poems consisting of five lines. The first, second, and fifth lines rhyme with each other while the third and fourth rhyme. Limericks often use word play to be humorous.
Limerick: A Fun Poetry Form
Rhyme: A correspondence of sounds at the ends of words. Word Play: The use of words to convey a meaning that is different from the literal meaning. Humorous: Amusing; funny; causing laughter or smiles.
The limerick form of poetry is said to have originated in Ireland in the 18th century. Edward Lear, an English author and illustrator, popularized the limerick in the 19th century. The most famous limerick of all time is 'There was an Old Man of Nantucket.'
Work together in pairs: What is the most important lesson you learned from the limerick discussion and reflection?
Work together in pairs: What did you learn from discussing and reflecting on the limerick? How can you apply this knowledge to your life?
Brain break: Draw a picture of a giant green frog riding a unicycle while juggling three ice cream cones!
What is a limerick?
- A poem with three lines.
- A type of dance.
- A song about the sea.
- A type of poem with five lines.
What is the standard structure of a limerick?
What is the rhyme scheme of a limerick?
What is the meter of a limerick?
- Anapestic tetrameter
- Iambic pentameter
- Trochaic tetrameter
- Spondaic pentameter
What is the purpose of a limerick?
- To tell a story.
- To entertain.
- To educate.
- To persuade.