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EASY UNDERSTANDING OF LIMERICK MEANING PLUS SAMPLES

Day in day out, I am really falling in love with Grammar! Why the heck did I not study English at the University? Anyway, that’s a story for another day.

By the way; I love the course I studied at the University…

So, to the main article, which is Limerick

What is Limerick?

Limerick is a poem that has five rhyming lines. In limerick, line 1,2 and 5 must rhyme, while line 3 and 4 must rhyme… It is usually humorous but rhyming…

It is like below:

A -Line 1: Glow

A- Line 2: Blow

B- Line 3: Blue

B- Line 4: Glue

A- Line 5: Flow

Or better still, just say, AABBA

Lines 1, 2, 5 should have at least 8-10 syllables, while the syllables for lines 4 and 5 are shorter; may be 5-7 syllables.

Examples of Limerick

Limerick Example 1

Line 1: Government in this country is insane

Line 2: I think they need a change of cane

Line 3: When you ban twitter

Line 4: That makes social media sweeter

Line 5: Away to Jack, twitter land by plane

From the above, you can see that lines 1,2 and 5 rhyme (Insane, cane, plane), while lines 3 and 4 rhyme (Twitter, sweeter)

Limerick Example 2

Line 1: On Taiwo and Kehinde’s birthday

Line 2: Which would be on a Sunday

Line 3: I will wear colour red

Line 4: Just like the colour of my bed

Line 5: This will certainly make my day.

From the above, you can see that lines 1,2 and 5 rhyme (Birthday, sunday, day), while lines 3 and 4 rhyme (Red, Bed)

Limerick Example 3

Line 1: Four added to three will make seven

Line 2: Even though the answer is not even

Line 3: I like to count my numbers

Line 4: Only when I see dollars

Line 5: I hope I am not money driven.

From the above, you can see that lines 1,2 and 5 rhyme (Seven, even, driven), while lines 3 and 4 rhyme (Numbers, dollars)

Limerick Example 4

Line 1: Every home ought to have a door

Line 2: Whether the occupants are rich or poor

Line 3: But if you have a gate

Line 4: It shows we are not mate

Line 5: No need for hassles, we are all indoor

From the above, you can see that lines 1,2 and 5 rhyme (Door, poor, indoor), while lines 3 and 4 rhyme (Gate, mate)

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