How to Write a Limerick
Written by William Clark
Learn all you need to know to excell in this popular
verse format of limerick writing. How
to write Lyrical Limericks & Poems That Pay
Poetry or verse needs rhyme and rhythm.
Rhyme is where the end words have similar sounds like "right" and "write"; "limerick" and "slimerik" even when they look different. Near rhymes are sometimes used like "poet" and "goat" especially in non-serious verse.
Rhythm is the pattern of stresses in the line. Words have some of their syllables more stressed than others such as: poetry, limerick, stanza, doggerel.
A limerick writer
This is the traditional structure of the single verse limerick:
di dum di di dum di di
Alliteration is where there is a series of words starting with the same sound such as:
A Limerick lady
So now you know the right way to write a limerick.
Note: US style spelling used. In UK English defense is spelled defence but both are pronounced the same way.
"It takes a heap of sense to write good nonsense" - Mark Twain
You also might like to check out: 700 Limericks & How To Write Them Paperback book or Download. Explains in greater detail how to write a limerick and the use of alliteration, assonance, consonance, pace, tone and other poetic devices with over 700 examples to enjoy and study, by William Clark. Suitable for all ages.
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Master the art of the limerick and you are well on the way to becoming a poet or lyric writer. Learn structure, rhyme, rhythm, alliteration, assonance and consonance and you only need inspiration to produce a hit song.
Well, it is not quite that easy but it is a good starting point.
The fairy that fell off the tree
A LIMERICK writer of note,
*US spelling "defense"ISBN 978-1-4452-6266-6 (Order online or from your local bookstore)
William Clark the programmer of the Limerick Checker is a published and broadcast poet.
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