lines of verse in a limerick by spencerjohnson

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									                                         What is a Limerick

       A limerick is an amusing verse of five lines. There are three long lines which rhyme and two
short lines that rhyme. The limerick was originally a marching song. Consequently, it has a strong
rhythm, which follows, in its most basic form:

                                         Limerick Rhythm

(da) da DUM da da DUM da da DUM (da da dum)

(da) da DUM da da DUM da da DUM (da da dum)

(da) da DUM da da DUM (da)

da DUM da da DUM (da)

da DUM da da DUM da da DUM, (da da dum)

* "DUM" is when your foot hits the ground-- remember, this is a march;
* "da" is the divisions between footsteps;
* ("dum" and "da" in parentheses) have no spoken syllables, but the rhythm continues-- remember,
this is a march. There are two "da's" between "DUM's".


Here is an example with words:

(da) A lady who lived in Bayonne (da da dum)

(da) Was careless in using her phone. (da da dum)

(da) She dialed numbers wrong, (da)

And stayed on too long, (da)

And talked in a low, boring drone. (da da dum)

Note that the first, second, and last lines rhyme, as do the third and fourth lines. In this example, the
first two lines set up a situation; the remaining three lines elaborate on it.

More spoken syllables can be added to fit the rhythm, as follows. Think of removing some
of the parentheses in the first rhythm example.

A snake's jaws, it seems, are expandable, (dum)

For it has a detachable mandible. (dum)

It engulfs as it chews,

Since-- and this is not news-- (da)

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It finds that its meals are not handable. (dum)

If your text must have a few more syllables, it is possible to subdivide:

d'd' = da; D'D' = DUM

d'd' DUM da da D'D' da da DUM...

You can put all your money in a hole...

Try to keep subdivided beats to a minimum-- too many of them can make a limerick hard
to read. Remember that the normal accents of your text need to fit the accent pattern of the
limerick-- it doesn't work the other way around


Please note: Do not spend too much time trying to memorize this rhythm. As you read
more and more limericks you will become familiar with the rhythm.

                                    Limerick Rhyme Scheme

Please note: The following illustration represents how to rhyme the last words in each line. The
letters represent the words that have to rhyme. For example all of the “a’s”
must rhyme and the “b’s” must rhyme. I have put the letters “a” and “b” in the first example
below to help illustrate this. Also, please be aware that lines 1,2 and 5 are longer than lines 3 and 4.
You will have recognized this above in the section discussing the rhythm.

                              Line 1______________________a
                              Line 2______________________a
                                  Line 3_________ b
                                  Line 4__________b
                              Line 5______________________a

                                     Examples of Limericks

                                  There once was a musical king (a)
                                  Who suddenly started to sing. (a)
                                        The birds in the sky (b)
                                         All started to fly (b)
                                    Nearer that talented king. (a)

Please note: Please notice how the words “king”, “sing” and “king” in lines 1,2 and 5 all
rhyme. Hence, they are symbolized by the letters “a”.

                                    There once was a lass from Bombay
                                    Who was heard to angrily say
                                        "When my husband - the rat
                                          Rudely sat on my cat,
                                     I instantly chased him away!”

                                    Ogg, the fire-breathing dragon
                                        Was sad cause his tail wasn't waggin'.
                                       So his fire-breathing friends
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                                   Ogg, the fire-breathing dragon
                                       Was sad cause his tail wasn't waggin'.
                                      So his fire-breathing friends
                                       Tied springs to the ends.
                                    Now that dragon is waggin'and braggin'.


                                   How to Write a Limerick



Step1.     Choose the name of the person, place or thing your limerick
          is about.

Your chose of topics is unlimited. However, as you start to write limericks, it might be easiest to
chose a person, place or thing that is easy to rhyme. For example, the topic of a “king” would be a
word that has many rhyming words to match. Once you are familiar with writing limericks you
could chose more challenging words to rhyme. For example, in the third example above the topic is
a “dragon”, which is a little more challenging to find rhyming words for than the word “king”.

Once you have selected a topic, please move on to the next step in writing limericks. As an
example to help you through this process I will pick a topic and work with it through the following
steps. In the end I will have my final limerick. The topic I will choose to help illustrate how to go
about writing a limerick is..........MOOSE.



Step 2. Think about your first line. Write it down. Try and fit it to the
         rhythm pattern discussed at the start of this file. Please
        remember not to get too discouraged if you are having trouble
        with the rhythm. As you gain experience reading and writing
        limericks the rhythm will become natural.

Using the topic of MOOSE, I will write the first line of my limerick about a moose. You will do
this using the topic you have chosen. You may do this work on paper. Please remember; I only
need to see the finish copies of your 3 favorite limericks. Please write your 3 favorite
limericks on the ASSIGNMENT FILE where indicated.

Line 1: There once was a big, furry moose.


Step 3.     Make a list of words that rhyme with the last word in your first
           line. (Your topic does not have to be your last word.)

Using the topic of MOOSE, I will write a list of words to rhyme with the word moose. You will do
this using the topic you have chosen. You may do this work on paper. Please remember; I only
need to see the finish copies of your 3 favorite limericks. Please write your 3 favorite
limericks on the ASSIGNMENT FILE where indicated.
Please Note: If you are having difficulty thinking of rhyming words for the last word in
the first line of your limerick, please visit the following website:

http://www.WriteExpress.com/cgi-bin/rhymer.cgi
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Please Note: If you are having difficulty thinking of rhyming words for the last word in
the first line of your limerick, please visit the following website:

http://www.WriteExpress.com/cgi-bin/rhymer.cgi

This is a rhyming word dictionary. You type in the word you need to find rhyming words
for and it will give you a list.
I used this web-site and it provided the following list of words to rhyme with moose:

abuse, adduce, bruce, caboose, chartreuse, cruse, deduce, deuce, diffuse, disuse, duce,
educe, effuse, excuse, footloose, goose, induce, juice, loose, misuse, mongoose,
moose, mousse, nonuse, noose, obtuse, papoose, perfuse, produce, profuse, proteus,
puce, recluse, reduce, refuse, ruse, schuss, seduce, sluice, spruce, traduce, transduce, truce,
unloose, use, vamoose, zeus



Step 4. Think of a second line. Remember to make the last word
        rhyme with the last word in line one. Try and fit it to the
        rhythm pattern discussed at the start of this file. It should be
        the same length as the first line. Please remember not to get
        too discouraged if you are having trouble with the rhythm. As
        gain experience reading and writing limericks the rhythm will
        become natural. Write it down.

Using the topic of MOOSE, I will write the second line of my limerick. You will do this using the
topic you have chosen. You may do this work on paper. Please remember; I only need to see
the finish copies of your 3 favorite limericks. Please write your 3 favorite limericks on the
ASSIGNMENT FILE where indicated.

Line 2: It danced to the song “Footloose”!


Step 5.     Write two short sentences that tell about your topic.
           (Remember that they have to rhyme with each other.) Try and
           fit it to the rhythm pattern discussed at the start of this file.
          Please remember not to get too discouraged if you are having
          trouble with the rhythm. As read gain experience reading and
          writing limericks the rhythm will become natural. Write them
          down.

Using the topic of MOOSE, I will write two short lines for lines 3 and 4 of my limerick. You will
do this using the topic you have chosen. You may do this work on paper. Please remember; I
only need to see the finish copies of your 3 favorite limericks. Please write your 3 favorite
limericks on the ASSIGNMENT FILE where indicated.

Line 3:     We fell into a rut.
Line 4:     While busting a gut.



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Line 3:     We fell into a rut.
Line 4:     While busting a gut.



Step 6.   Write your final line. (Please remember, it has to rhyme with
          the first two lines.) Try and fit it to the rhythm pattern
          discussed at the start of this file. Please remember not to get
          too discouraged if you are having trouble with the rhythm. As
          you gain experience reading and writing limericks, the rhythm
          will become natural. Write it down.

Using the topic of MOOSE, I will write the final line of my limerick. You will do this using the
topic you have chosen. You may do this work on paper. Please remember; I only need to see
the finish copies of your 3 favorite limericks. Please write your 3 favorite limericks on the
ASSIGNMENT FILE where indicated.

Line 5: Watching that silly old moose!



Step 7: Write your whole limerick.


                                    The Dancing Moose

                             There once was a big, furry moose.
                              It danced to the song “Footloose”!
                                       We fell into a rut.
                                       While busting a gut.
                                 Watching that silly old moose!




                        This is the end of the limerick writing file!

                            Have fun writing your limericks! =)


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This is the end of the limerick writing file!

   Have fun writing your limericks! =)




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