Thursday, February 28, 2013
A limerick is a five-line poem written with one couplet
and one triplet. If a couplet is a two-line rhymed poem,
then a triplet would be a three-line rhymed poem.
The rhyme pattern is a a b b a with lines 1, 2 and 5
containing 3 beats and rhyming, and lines 3 and 4
having two beats and rhyming. Some people say that
the limerick was invented by soldiers returning
from France to the Irish town of Limerick in the 1700's.
Limericks are meant to be funny. They often contain hyperbole, onomatopoeia, idioms, puns, and other figurative devices.
The last line of a good limerick contains the PUNCH LINE
or "heart of the joke." As you work with limericks,
remember to have pun, I mean FUN! Say the following
limericks out loud and clap to the rhythm.
A flea and a fly in a flue
Were caught, so what could they do?
Said the fly, "Let us flee."
"Let us fly," said the flea.
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.