A limerick is a funny, silly, rude, or sexual poem that has five (or four) lines. Lines 1, 2, and 5 rhyme with each other and have eight (or more) syllables. Lines 3 and 4 have a different rhyme word and have five (or more) syllables each. The poem often begins with "There was a ...", but it doesn't have to.
This one is by Rudyard Kipling:
A limerick by Edward Lear, who is famous for writing this kind of poem, has four lines because he combines lines 3 and 4 into one ten-syllable line:
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- ↑ "Definition of LIMERICK". www.merriam-webster.com. Retrieved 2023-03-17.
- ↑ "KidZone Poetry - Limericks". www.kidzone.ws. Retrieved 2023-03-17.
- ↑ https://www.limerickpoemsandpoets.com/famous_limerick_poems.aspx
- ↑ https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45755/there-was-an-old-man-with-a-beard