Some poems are funny. Some are cute. Some might make you blush if it's from someone you love.
This simple poem can help you write your own poem.
Let's look at it closely. What words rhyme?
The rhyming pattern is ABCB. The second line and the fourth lines rhyme.
How many strong beats are in each line?
There are two strong beats in each line.
Let's try to substitute other words.
Assignment: Use this poem or another familiar one.
Substitute your own words into the rhyme and rhythm pattern.
A LIMERICK is a special kind of poem.
It has a specific pattern, but you can make lots of silly poems to fit that pattern.
There are five lines in a LIMERICK. Lines 1,2, and 5 are similar.
They rhyme and have three strong beats. (da DUM, da DUM, da DUM)
Lines 3 and 4 are similar. They rhyme and have two strong beats. (da DUM, da DUM)
Usually line 5 includes a silly twist or pun to make you laugh.
A man named Edward Lear (1812-1888) wrote many limericks.
He wrote a series of Nonsense Books, full of fun and silly poems.
Here is an example of his poetry -
Let's try one of our own.
Sometimes, it helps by finding words that rhyme. Then you can make up a little story about them.
(Here is a site with rhyming words.)
I also find it easier to write lines 1,2, and 5, then go back and fill in lines 3 and 4.
I have underlined the strong beats for you to see how it works.
Assignment: Write your own limerick.
Email it to me.
I can't wait to read your poetry.
There once was an old Maine moose,
Who lived in the pines and spruce,
Rolled balls of snow
Then said, "Oh no!
My friend has turned to juice."
Roses are red,
Violets are blue;
Sugar is sweet,
And so are you.
1. Did you read your story out loud?
2. Did you double check your spelling?
3. Did you capitalize and punctuate correctly?
4. Did you use interesting vocabulary?
5. Did you write a good beginning and ending?
Pizzas are red,
Berries are blue,
I'd rather have chocolate,
There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, 'It is just as I feared!
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!'
ROSES ARE RED
Splash into Writing
Roses are red, (A)
Violets are blue; (B)
Sugar is sweet, (C)
And so are you. (B)
Ro'ses are red'
Vi'olets are blue'
Su'gar is sweet'
And so' are you'