What is a limerick? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limerick_(poetry)#History • A limerick is a five-line poem with a strict meter. • The rhyme scheme is usually A-A-B-B-A • What does that mean? • Lines 1&2 end with the same rhyme, lines 3&4 end with the same rhyme and the last line ends with the same rhyme as the first line. How does a limerick sound? • Limericks usually use the amphibrach, a stressed syllable between two unstressed ones. • For example: There once was a man from Peru Who created the Limerick? • This type of poem was first documented in England in 1989 • Edward Lear popularized the limerick although when he was writing these “nonsense” poems in 1845 and later 1872, they were not yet called limericks. Examples of Limericks!!! A minor league pitcher, McDowell Pitched an egg at a batter named Owl. They cried “Get a hit!” But it hatched in the mitt And the umpire declared it a fowl. There once was a man from Peru Who dreamed he was eating his shoe He woke in the night With a terrible fright And found that it was perfectly true. There once was an Old Person of Rheims Who was troubled with horrible dreams; So to keep her awake they fed her with cake Which amused that Old Person of Rheims There once was an Old Lady who said, “How Shall I flee from this horrible Cow? I will sit on this stile, and continue to smile, Which may soften the heart of that Cow.” So… what goes in a Limerick? • The first line traditionally introduces a person and location, usually ending with the name of the location. • A true limerick is supposed to have some kind of twist to it. • Often this twist lies in the last line. • Often limericks have other internal rhymes, alliteration (repetition of first consonant), or assonance (repetition of vowel sounds). Your turn • Start by reviewing your mindmap or KWL chart • Then list names, places, images that interest you for tomorrow when you’ll have a chance to write limericks.
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