What is a limerick by dffhrtcv3


									          What is a limerick?

• A limerick is a five-line poem with a strict
• 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
 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
  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,
  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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