Saturday, May 12, 2012

What is a Limerick?

May 12th is National Limerick grab a piece of paper, a pencil, and let's write a silly 88558-syllable rhyming poem.  Lines 1, 2, and 5 rhyme and have 8 syllables.  Lines 3 and 4 rhyme and have 5 syllables.

There was a young author from Maine
Whose prose was exceedingly plain.
So he learned how to dance
But tripped on his pants,
And now he must walk with a cane.

Writing limericks is easy, yet it makes a person think.  Its simple structure lays the foundation, and from there it's just a matter of being silly.  Limericks encourage kids to have fun writing.

There once was a man from ____________(8)

There once was a man from the Bronx
Who collected seashells and conchs
He goes to the shore
Instead of the store
And when he drives by his car honks.
~Nature Weaver

There, that's mine.  Now it's your turn.....