Literary Term of the Day: Limerick

A limerick is a literary term for a short, and typically humorous, five-line verse. The verse must contain the rhyming sequence of AABBA, where lines 1,2,5 must be between seven and ten syllables long and must rhyme and lines 3,4 must be between five and seven syllables and must also rhyme with each other. An example I’ve whipped up today is:

There once was a man with no feet, (A)

So he sits everyday in his seat. (A)

With no toes she can tickle, (B)

His wife plays with his pickle (B)

And exclaims at the size of his meat! (A)

Limericks can be fun and pithy if approached with a sense of humor and wit.

Come up with a limerick and share it in the comments!

2 thoughts on “Literary Term of the Day: Limerick

  1. I love an old lady
    Her name does not rhyme with Sadie,
    I loved her most.
    I made her breakfast and toast,
    For as long as I can remember.
    I break the rules,
    Perhaps, I’m a fool,
    But I love the lady.

    Sorry, I broke the rules.

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