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How to Write a Limerick Poem in Easy Steps

Updated on April 28, 2012

What is a Limerick?

A limerick is a funny or silly little poem with 5 lines in which lines one, two, and five rhyme, and lines three and four, which are shorter, rhyme. There is also a specific rhythm pattern as well. Lines one, two, and five have a rhythm pattern that sounds like this:

da DUM da da DUM da da DUM

The third and fourth lines have a rhythm pattern that sounds like this:

da DUM da da DUM

Putting Words to the Rhythm and Rhyme

Here's an example of a limerick with the rhythm shown.

The cat and the dog liked to play.
da DUM da da DUM da da DUM

Down on the farm by the hay
da DUM da da DUM da da DUM

The dog sneezed so loud
da DUM da da DUM

The cat touched a cloud
da DUM da da DUM

And hasn't been seen to this day.
da DUM da da DUM da da DUM


Some Limerick Examples

1. The elephant sat down over there
To wait for the mouse and the hare
He fell with a thud
Got stuck in the mud.
And caused all of the creatures to stare.

2. The beaver chopped down some wood.
Made a dam as only he could.
Said monkey, "See here",
I'm not one to cheer",
But your home is really quite good.

3. Two monkeys sat in a tree
eating bananas you see.
When a squirrel came round
he frightened them down.
Couldn't he just let them be?

4. An octopus floated right by,
Keeping his head to the sky.
As quick as you think,
he squirted his ink,
Now catch him no thing will try.

5. There once was a man named Bill
Who trudged every day up a hill.
Til one day he thought,
Well this is for nought.
And now he spends all day with Jill.

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    • TripleAMom profile image
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      TripleAMom 4 years ago from Florida

      Thanks!!

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      Ryan Palmer 4 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away

      Brilliant hub! Ha ha!

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

      Barbsbitsnpieces-that's great. Just have fun with it. This is a fun way to write poetry. Thanks for commenting.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @TripleAMom...I love fun and inventive ways with writing, and your Hub shines with these elements. It's also an informative lesson on Limerick Poetry: a sort of syllabic rhythm with rhymes by multiple lines.

      Here's a try:

      Our dogs are Cee-Cee, Billy and Ben.

      All three lay in Oink's pigpen.

      We fell to our knee

      to think past mud-free!

      Bath and brush may be if, not when.

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

      @Matthew Weese--I like it :)

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      Matthew Weese 5 years ago from Auburn

      The man who sat on the moon,

      Looked down upon the lagoon,

      He thought to himself,

      If nothing else,

      He'd be surfing those waves really soon.

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

      @ rajan jolly and Angelo52...thanks for reading and commenting. If you're feeling up to the challenge, I posted a question asking if anyone could write an original limerick :) Give it a try. This is one of those fun poems to write.

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      Angelo52 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Very educational. I'll have to give a try at writing a limerick or two. up +

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Interesting. Would like to see if I can write a limerick!

      Voted up.

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

      @RTalloni, how fun!!! Thanks for reading and commenting. You're right, this could be fun for grandchildren and grandparents. My daughter is doing poetry in school now and I really enjoy the limericks.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Fun stuff you have in this hub

      Perhaps you should establish a club

      Limericks could be the draw

      Refreshments served with a straw

      And members could all be called bub!

      Thanks for a look at limericks. This is something grandparents could enjoy with grandchildren!

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

      @Matthew--Thanks for reading. I did go to your site and read. You definitely write from your heart. Will look for more.

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      Matthew Weese 5 years ago from Auburn

      thanx for the info....LMAO.....ya get bored read some of my poetry, some of it i'm going back through and edited do to spelling errors and stuff.