A limerick is a humorous poem consisting of five lines.
The first, second, and fifth lines must have seven to ten syllables while rhyming and
having the same verbal rhythm.
The third and fourth lines only have to have five to seven syllables, and have to rhyme with each other and have the same rhythm.
There was an Old Man of Nantucket
Who kept all his cash in a bucket.
His daughter, called Nan,
Ran away with a man,
And as for the bucket, Nantucket.
There was a young lady of Lucca
Whose lovers completely forsook her;
She ran up a tree
And said “Fiddle-de-dee!”
Which embarrassed the people of Lucca.
There was a Young Lady whose chin
Resembled the point of a pin:
So she had it made sharp,
And purchased a harp,
And played several tunes with her chin.
Few thought he was even a starter;
There were many who thought themselves smarter,
But he ended a PM
CH and OM
An earl and a Knight of the Garter.
There once was a man from Peru
Who had a lot of growing up to do,
He’d ring a doorbell,
then run like hell,
Until the owner shot him with a .22.
A bather whose clothing was strewed
By winds that left her quite nude
Saw a man come along
And unless we are wrong
You expected this line to be lewd.
There once was a young lady named bright
Whose speed was much faster than light
She set out one day
In a relative way
And returned on the previous night.
There was an old man with a beard
Who said, “it’s just how I feared!
Two owls and a hen
Four larks and a wren
Have all built their nests in my beard.
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- A Wonderful Bird is the Pelican by Dixon Lanier Merritt
- There was a Young Lady of Dorking by Edward Lear
- Than Shakespeare I’m Greater by Far by Patrick Baybrooke
- There was a Small Boy of Quebec by Rudyard Kipling
- A Man Hired by John Smith and Co. by Mark Twain
- There was an Old Man of St. Bees by W.S. Gilbert
- My Firm Belief is that Pizarro by Aldous Huxley
- Langford Reed Saved the Limerick Verse
- There was an Old Poop from Poughkeepsie by John Updike
- There was a Young Lady of Station by Lewis Carroll
- There’s a Ponderous Pundit MacHugh by James Joyce
- The Marriage of Poor Kim Kardashian by Salman Rushdie
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