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Limerick Examples

A limerick is a humorous rhyming poem that is usually five lines in length and that often contains a bawdy story or joke. The standard form of a limerick is a stanza of five lines, with the first, second and fifth rhyming with one another and having three feet of three syllables each; and the shorter third and fourth lines also rhyming with each other, but having only two feet of three syllables. The first line 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. Within the genre, ordinary speech stress is often distorted in the first line, and may be regarded as a feature of the form. However, the most prized limericks incorporate a kind of twist, which may be revealed in the final line or lie in the way the rhymes are often intentionally tortured, or both, this form is often found in nursery rhymes. For example:

Little Miss Muffet

Sat on a tuffet,

Eating her curds and whey;

Along came a spider,

Who sat down beside her

And frightened Miss Muffet away.
The limerick packs laughs ANATOMICAL
Into space that is quite ECONOMICAL.
But the good ones I've SEEN
Hardly ever are CLEAN
And the clean ones so seldom are COMICAL.

Meaning: Lines 1, 2 and 5 of a limerick should ideally consist of three anapests each, concluding with an identical or similar phoneme to create the rhyme. Lines 3 and 4 are shorter, constructed of two anapests each and again rhyming with each other with the overall rhyme structure of AABBA.
Poems Poetry Structure
It's been told an old man had sent EMAILS,
To some various dubious FEMALES,
He was asked what they SAID,
But he just shook his HEAD.
I would rather not go into DETAILS.

Meaning: Lines 1, 2 and 5 of a limerick should ideally consist of three anapests each, concluding with an identical or similar phoneme to create the rhyme. Lines 3 and 4 are shorter, constructed of two anapests each and again rhyming with each other with the overall rhyme structure of AABBA.
Poems Poetry Structure
There was an young man of DARJEELING
Endowed with such delicate FEELING.
When he read on the DOOR
"Do not spit on the FLOOR",
He jumped up and then spat on the CEILING!

Meaning: Lines 1, 2 and 5 of a limerick should ideally consist of three anapests each, concluding with an identical or similar phoneme to create the rhyme. Lines 3 and 4 are shorter, constructed of two anapests each and again rhyming with each other with the overall rhyme structure of AABBA.
Poems Poetry Structure
Limerick Meaning
A limerick is a humorous poem consisting of five lines. The first, second, and fifth lines must have seven to ten syllables while rhyming and having the same verbal rhythm. The third and fourth lines only have to have five to seven syllables, and have to rhyme with each other and have the same rhythm.
Limerick Examples
Tim wore rubberbands on his wrist. For each item on hist To-Do List. But the more he forgot, the bigger it got. So now I'ts a big rubber fist.