Create a Limerick

Poetry Assignment # 4 of 5: Create a Limerick

A Limerick is a rhymed humorous or nonsense poem of five lines which originated in Limerick, Ireland.

The Limerick has a set rhyme scheme of : a-a-b-b-a with a syllable structure of: 9-9-6-6-9.

The rhythm of the poem should go as follows:

Lines 1, 2, 5: weak, weak, STRONG, weak, weak, STRONG, weak, weak, STRONG, weak, weak

Lines 3, 4: weak, weak, STRONG, weak, weak, STRONG, weak, weak

This is the most commonly heard first line of a limerick: "There once was a man from Nantucket."

from Shadow Poetry.com

Directions:

  1. Create a list of topics you could write a limerick about.
  2. Choose one of the items off the list, and come up with several words that rhyme with that topic.
  3. Compose your limerick.
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