Formula for a Limerick

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Formula for a Limerick

Definition: A humorous five-line poem that has been in use through oral and written literature for many years. The formula is as follows:
> Lines 1, 2, and 5 are the longest lines with the same end rhyme and three stressed syllables of meter.

> Lines 3 and 4 are shorter, with the same end rhyme and two stressed syllables of meter.

> Often lines 1 and 2 are a complete sentence and lines 3, 4, and 5 are a sentence.

> The poem attempts humor, tells a story, or creates a description.


Example: There was a young teacher named Brown

whose classroom was found underground



The frogs and the snakes

thought he was so great

that they gave him a jeweled crown!

Assignment: Create a collection of 6-10 limericks that are based on Crestwood, Mantua, or your life. The limericks should follow the given formula above, should be school appropriate, and should be typed. Extra credit will be given for creative presentation to accompany the limericks (artwork, photos, creative fonts, etc.)

Formula for a Limerick

Definition: A humorous five-line poem that has been in use through oral and written literature for many years. The formula is as follows:
> Lines 1, 2, and 5 are the longest lines with the same end rhyme and three stressed syllables of meter.

> Lines 3 and 4 are shorter, with the same end rhyme and two stressed syllables of meter.

> Often lines 1 and 2 are a complete sentence and lines 3, 4, and 5 are a sentence.

> The poem attempts humor, tells a story, or creates a description.


Example: There was a young teacher named Brown

whose classroom was found underground



The frogs and the snakes

thought he was so great



that they gave him a jeweled crown!

Assignment: Create a collection of 6-10 limericks that are based on Crestwood, Mantua, or your life. The limericks should follow the given formula above, should be school appropriate, and should be typed. Extra credit will be given for creative presentation to accompany the limericks (artwork, photos, creative fonts, etc.)


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