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Members Explain How To Limerick

Postby Ice.Maiden » 30 Sep 2012, 18:30

forumadmin Note: This thread was split from another because it deserves a space of it's own. I'm sure all our poets laureate will find it useful.
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LOL Yogi!!! This's the first time I'd seen any of those.

Limericks, by right, not only have lines 1, 2 and 5 rhyming, with lines 3 and 4 rhyming together differently from the rest, but they have a pattern, or flow, which contains the same amount of syllables in each rhyming line.

So, this example of yours is good:

I once met a woman from Rome
Her hair could of done with a comb
In the midst of her tresses
She round chocolate messes
And snacked on them all the way home.

But this one isn't:

We must take a stand to defend our rights
Shout from the rooves and other great heights
Let the powers beware
their lent powers end is near
And we take to the streets in our tights.

Sometimes, the way in which the words are spoken can produce the desired flow, but when I was at school, we were taught to base limericks on the following one:

There once was a lady from Leeds,
Who swallowed a packet of seeds.
In a month, silly ass (donkey!),
she was covered in grass,
And couldn't sit down for the weeds.

Rhyming and syllable-wise, it follows the correct pattern, BUT, if the first line had read: "There was a young lady from Leeds", an emphasis has to be put on the word "was", since even though the sentence contains 8 syllables, to match lines 2 and 5, the flow gets distorted otherwise.

Still, that's just to illustrate what a proper l;imerick should sound like, against, say, a sonnet, which consists of 14 lines. The pattern goes:
1-2-1-2, 3-4-3-4, 5-6-5-6, 7-7; the last two lines are a rhyming couplet. : )
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Re: Limericks - The Completed Version

Postby Yogi » 01 Oct 2012, 16:45

The rules for this forum have a link to a site that explains how to construct a limerick in such a way that a young child could understand it. While it explains the ideal form, we allow our poets some liberties as can be seen by reading the above compilation of limericks. While the beat of the limerick cannot always be preserved, try to maintain the rhyming pattern and syllable count. Points are not deducted if you vary from the rules. :mrgreen:
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Re: Limericks - The Completed Version

Postby Ice.Maiden » 02 Oct 2012, 11:42

Ha ha ha. I'm sure we do our best! Some of them turn out very amusing.
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Re: Limericks - The Completed Version

Postby Wonderbunny » 02 Oct 2012, 13:02

For the purists, the stressed syllables are in red:

There once was a lady from Leeds,
Who swallowed a packet of seeds.
In a month, silly ass (donkey!),
she was covered in grass,
And couldn't sit down for the weeds.

But hey, you've got to work with what there is sometimes in this game.

Here are my 2 all time favourite limericks:

It's time to make love douse the glim.
The fireflies flicker and dim.
The stars lean together
Like birds of a feather
And the loin lies down with the limb.

And for Icy:

There was a young man from Japan
Whose limericks never would scan.
When asked why this was
He answered "Because
I always try to get as many words into the last line as ever I possibly can."
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Re: Limericks - The Completed Version

Postby Ice.Maiden » 02 Oct 2012, 14:19

The young man from Japan's an old one, but still makes me grin.

I like the second one. I'd never heard it before.

As for the "Leeds" one, you're right as usual. Whether you say it as: "There was a young lady from Leeds," which emphasises the "was" in order for it to flow properly. The alternative - "There once was a lady from Leeds" does the same thing, only misses the word "young" out, but I think that we've now established that we know how to form a proper limerick, syllables and emphasis to boot, as Yogi says, there's margin for slight deviations providing the rhyming words are as close as possible. : )
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Re: Members Explain How To Limerick

Postby Stasia13 » 30 Oct 2012, 17:28

I fancy a go, may I ?
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Re: Members Explain How To Limerick

Postby Stasia13 » 30 Oct 2012, 17:35

A sweet little lady from leeds
Almost strangled herself with her beads
A young man with a sharp knife
Saved the sweet little ladies life
Now together they hoe up weeds.
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Re: Members Explain How To Limerick

Postby Ice.Maiden » 30 Oct 2012, 18:30

:lol:

Hello Stasia - of course you can have a go. Why not go back to Games People Play, click onto Limericks (3) and add to whatever limerick's there, or start a new one if the last one's been completed. We do a line each and see how it turns out. :cool2:
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Re: Members Explain How To Limerick

Postby Yogi » 20 Apr 2013, 06:45

If you want to practice writing limericks, here is a web site designed to make it easy and fun.

http://www.learner.org/teacherslab/math ... cttxt.html
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Re: Members Explain How To Limerick

Postby imhotep the 2nd » 18 Sep 2013, 17:41

I've always remembered this limerick from many years ago, and I have never forgotten it....

There was a young man from Yuma
Who told a joke to a puma.
Now his skeleton lies
Beneath hot western skies...
The puma had no sense of humour

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Re: Members Explain How To Limerick

Postby Ice.Maiden » 18 Sep 2013, 18:32

:lol:
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