What Is A Limerick?

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Poems For Kids – What Is A Limerick?

A limerick is a 5 line poem popularised by Edward Lear in the 19th century.

The form has a strict rhyme scheme of AABBA. This means that the 1st line rhymes with the second and 5th line, and the third line rhymes with the 4th line.

The limerick is an ideal poetic form for children to learn, as they are short and traditionally light hearted.

The first line in a limerick traditionally introduces a person and a place, with the place appearing at the end of the first line and establishing the rhyme scheme for the second and fifth lines. In early limericks, the last line was often essentially a repeat of the first line, although this is no longer customary.  [Wikipedia]

Below is an example of a limerick that I have written:-

‘There once was a puddle called Tim,
who never liked being stepped in.
One day he yelled ‘Boo’
to a shocked teacher who
screamed and jumped out of his skin.

Please view the following links for more inspirational limerick ideas and further information.

https://www.grammarly.com/blog/five-most-famous-limericks-and-their-histories/
https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/limericks-by-edward-lear

by George Stanworth

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