Now Use What You've Learned
A. Now it’s time to try writing a limerick. Make it fun and personal!
- Think of someone you know who has a name that can be rhymed with other words. Mike, Nick, Jan, Sue, Mary, Jim, Dad, Kate and others.
List all the words that rhyme with the name you have chosen. For some great help use the website The Rhyme Zone.
- Think of an idea that could go with the words you have chosen.
- For lines three and four, write the sentences to go with the idea you have chosen.
So let’s say you have chosen the name Steve. Some words that rhyme are: leave, heave, grieve, weave and eve. When I see the word eve I think of Christmas Eve so I have decided to use that for my idea. Maybe Steve hopes that Santa doesn’t leave before he sees him. Now we have to start with the first two sentences. An example might be:
There once was a young boy called Steve
Who waited up on Christmas Eve.
And he called out, “Santa don’t leave!"
For the short lines three and four I thought of Santa on the roof and the sound of a reindeer’s hoof. So following the correct rhythm the lines might be:
Steve heard on the roof
The sound of a hoof
B. Let’s suppose you have a name you want to use but it is hard to find words to rhyme with it. Turn your sentence around so that you have a word at the end that is easier to rhyme.
Here’s an example:
There once was a boy named Nicholas
can be written
Nicholas is the name of a boy
The word boy rhymes with words like: toy, enjoy, annoy, joy and so on.
C. Just like Edward Lear did, write limericks that don’t mention a person’s name. He used terms like: young man, old man, young lady and so on. You might want to write about your dog, cat or other pet.
D. Finally, add some humor! The history of the limerick shows that it was meant to be an amusing and light-hearted type of poetry. So try to add some humor no matter if it seems silly. It could be a comical feature of the subject of your limerick or something silly that happens to the main character. Remember, in Lear’s limerick the old man had a long beard where animals built nests!
Use these tips to write fun limericks for all to enjoy! If you have any to share, please feel free below so other readers can see how it's done.