There was a young fellow named Sonny
All the people they thought he was funny
When he walked down this street
All the people he'd meet
Would hand him a whole lot of money
There was a young lady called Sally
One day she was feeling so badly
But she had a lot of thing
To do Only that evening
And didn't know what to do mainly
An old skelton once known as Steve
Though "no one ever comes here to give"
They're probably so "soffin"
At me in my Coffin
If I had guts I would leave
A limerick is a five-line poem written with one couplet and one triplet. If a couplet is a two-line rhymed poem, then a triplet would be a three-line rhymed poem. The rhyme pattern is a a b b a with lines 1, 2 and 5 containing 3 beats and rhyming, and lines 3 and 4 having two beats and rhyming. Some people say that the limerick was invented by soldiers returning from France to the Irish town of Limerick in the 1700's.
Limericks are meant to be funny. They often contain hyperbole, onomatopoeia, idioms, puns, and other figurative devices. The last line of a good limerick contains the PUNCH LINE or "heart of the joke." As you work with limericks, remember to have pun, I mean FUN! Say the following limericks out loud and clap to the rhythm.
A flea and a fly in a flue
Were caught, so what could they do?
Said the fly, "Let us flee."
"Let us fly," said the flea.
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.