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    LIMERICKS are short sometimes bawdy, humorous, and comedic poems that originated in Limerick, Ireland. Consisting of five lines per stanza, lines 1, 2, and 5 of a limerick rhyme with one another AND lines 3 and 4 rhyme with each other, completing the aabba rhyme scheme.

    The rhythm or syllable structure is 9, 9, 6, 6, 9 and better known as anapestic or amphibrachic. Edward Lear is famous for his Book of Nonsense which included the poetry form of Limericks.

    Example 1 by Edward Lear:

    excerpt from Limerick from the Book of Nonsense

    There was an Old Man with a gong,
    Who bumped at it all day long;
    But they called out, 'O law!
    You're a horrid old bore!'
    So they smashed that Old Man with a gong.

    Example 2 by Jacquii Cooke:

    excerpt from Limerick (about adonis)

    I once was a boy named Adonis
    At the time, Vietnam war was upon US
    Stagnant as name games
    Now there’s no shame,
    Now I: fem-fatale Pocahontas

    Posted By MsJacquiiC | Sep 9, 2006

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