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Learn all you need to know to excell in this popular verse format of limerick writing. How to write Lyrical Limericks & Poems That Pay
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 The secrets of success in writing verse that serves a purpose.

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 of note
Accused of just acting the goat
Had claimed in defense
It's all a nonsense
I'd rather be known as a poet.

This is the traditional structure of the single verse limerick:

di dum di di dum di di dum         A
di dum di di dum di di dum         A
di dum di di dum                        B
di dum di di dum                        B
di dum di di dum di di dum         A
Try to have the punch line coming last and make it witty and unexpected for the best effect.

Alliteration is where there is a series of words starting with the same sound such as:

A Limerick lady in love
Heard soft cooing sounds from above.
She saw on the ceiling
A sight most revealing,
And grasped at her gob with her glove!

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
Was told by a gnome,"You are twee."
The fairy replied,
"I might well have cried,
But instead I will just kick your knee!"

A LIMERICK writer of note,
Accused of, "Just acting the goat,"
Soon claimed in defence,*
"It's all a nonsense -
I'd rather be known as a poet!"

*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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