- A limerick is a poem that consists of 5 lines.
- It uses the rhyme scheme of AABBA.
- Lines 1, 2, and 5 rhyme and are longer.
- Lines 3 and 4 rhyme and are shorter.
- Limericks are usually humorous and often tell funny stories.
- The pattern is as follows:
- Line 1 = A (long)
- Line 2 = A (long)
- Line 3 = B (short)
- Line 4 = B (short)
- Line 5 = A (long)
There was a young lady named Sue,
Who thought she had nothing to do.
Then she looked at her list,
And saw she had missed,
Her English assignment and math paper too.
All eyes were on Archibald Snow,
Whose bobsled was ready to go.
He would win the big race,
If he stayed with the pace,
And didn't get caught down below.
There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, "It is just as I feared!"
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!
There was an Old Man of Nantucket
Who kept all his cash in a bucket.
His daughter, called Nan,
Ran away with a man,
And as for the bucket, Nantucket.
There once was a wonderful star
Who thought she would go very far
Until she fell down
And looked like a clown
She knew she would never go far.
There was an Old Man in a boat,
Who said, "I'm afloat, I'm afloat!"
When they said, "No! you ain't!"
He was ready to faint,
That unhappy Old Man in a boat.