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|Celebrate St. Patrick's
Day: Write Your Own Limerick
by Trish Wayne
|How can you pay homage to your
Irish roots this St. Patrick’s Day (3/17/06)? You could wear green,
try some corned beef and cabbage, toss back a green pint, or even attend
of the patron saint of Ireland. But if you are feeling truly creative this
year, celebrate your Irish side by writing a limerick!
A limerick is a short, witty poem of five lines that tells a funny story. The three long lines (the triplet) must rhyme with each other and the two shorter lines (the couplet) must also rhyme with each other. Limericks follow an AABBA rhyme scheme. For example:
There once was a lady from
The meter of the triplet is eight or nine syllables while the couplet ranges between five and six syllables.
The first line usually introduces a person and a location:
How to Write a Limerick by Bruce Lansky from PoetryTeachers.com.
Limericks by the League of American Poets.
Help with Rhymes
RhymeZone: Find rhymes, synonyms, definitions, and more.
Contains a rhyming dictionary and thesaurus.
Limerick: Visit Limerick, Ireland's official website.
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