For our last On Craft poetic form , we learned how to write a carlito, a brand new form of poetry. Since we’re focusing on rhymes this week, though, we’re going to go old-school; I’m going to teach you how to write a limerick.
Limericks are usually five-line poems which follow a rhyme scheme of AABBA (for those who don’t know, that means the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme with one another, and the third and fourth lines rhyme). On top of that, limericks are almost always either funny or crude (often both), although to be fair, humor is in the ear of the listener, so don’t take this guideline too seriously. 😉
Here’s an example for you.
Once I found fish in the sky
Who bubbled as they floated by,
But the second I blinked
They swam down the sink
With garbage disposal on ‘high.’
Very often, the third and fourth lines of a limerick are shorter than the others, and they’re commonly written in anapestic meter (check out my next article to learn what that means), but as with all things artistic, these are details which are wide open to interpretation.
Limericks are a lot of fun to write, though, and can be sickeningly catchy, so give this form a try! Even if this isn’t the first you’ve heard of limericks, it may still be the first you’ve heard them explained, so try your hand at one. You might just fall in love with them! 😉
Should you have any questions about the lessons I present, or maybe you’ve got an idea for a future post, please don’t hesitate to send me a DM. I would be thrilled to help out in any way I can! (:
Samuel Blake ǀ @herheart_oncraft
Her Heart Poetry’s ON CRAFT area will be evolving over the coming months. Samuel’s goal is to both educate and inspire readers and writers of all calibres. ON CRAFT articles will be published to teach about a different facet of creative writing.