Writing Limericks

Writing limericks really isn't difficult - and it can be a great stressbuster! Once you put your mind to it for a few minutes and come up with your own unique creation - you may agree that writing a limerick is some of the best fun you've had in a long time!

As we discussed on this page , limerick writing follows a simple pattern of rhyme - lines 1,2, and 5 rhyme, and lines 2 and 3 rhyme with each other.

Limericks are designed to be funny, and at times may also teach a lesson.

Writing a Limerick

There is definitely something to be said for being in a certain frame of mind to write a limerick. It may not work if you are feeling angry about your recent Emergency Room bill where you were charged over $2000 for about a 2 hour stay (and the doctor saw you for all of 5 minutes). And just in case you wondered, that is not a made up scenario!

Well, perhaps you could write a sarcastic, funny limerick in that case.

Ideally, though, choose a setting where you feel relaxed and your mind can think clearly. Some people prefer total silence in which to think. Others like soft background music. I myself wrote several limericks the other day (with only topics for inspiration) while watching a baseball game on TV.

Here's an example of one of them:

Blonde Humor Limerick

Blonde with blue eyes, you're all set-
She's got you caught in her net;
But between all the sighs,
Her head's in the skies,
Maybe you'd better have a brunette!

History of Limericks:
Why So Popular in Olden Times?

Funny stories, funny poems and funny songs were quite popular in older times, say the 1800's through at least the 1920's. At least part of this was due to the hard labor of those eras, and the relief sought after a hard day's work. This comic relief often took the form of funny or silly poetry and songs.

Many songs and poems were actually funny to the point of stupidity and many majored in nonsense.

It was expected that few songs or poems designed to soothe the tired masses would make a lot of practical sense.

Enjoy your venture of writing limericks!

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