Additional materials to Form 8 Unit 7 Lesson 3.
What do limericks look like?
- 5 lines
- Rhyme AABBA
- Meter: De dum de de dum de de dum (de) X2
- De dum de de dum X2
- De dum de de dum de de dum (de)
Edward Lear (1812-1888)
Edward Lear was a poet who was born on May 12, 1812 in the village of Holloway, England. He is best known today for his nonsensical poetry especially limericks.
There was a Young Lady whose Bonnet
There was a Young Lady whose bonnet,
Came untied when the birds sat upon it;
But she said: ‘I don’t care!
All the birds in the air
Are welcome to sit on my bonnet!’
There was an Old Man of Quebec
There was an Old Man of Quebec,
A beetle ran over his neck;
But he cried, ‘With a needle,
I’ll slay you, O beetle!’
That angry Old Man of Quebec.
There was a Young Lady of Ryde
There was a Young Lady of Ryde,
Whose shoe-strings were seldom untied.
She purchased some clogs,
And some small spotted dogs,
And frequently walked about Ryde.
There was an Old Man with a Flute
There was an Old Man with a flute,
A serpent ran into his boot;
But he played day and night,
Till the serpent took flight,
And avoided that man with a flute.
There was an Old Man with a Beard
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 in a Tree
There was an Old Man in a tree,
Who was horribly bored by a Bee;
When they said, ‘Does it buzz?’
He replied, ‘Yes, it does!’
‘It’s a regular brute of a Bee!’
How to write a limerick.
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