Have Fun with Limericks – Examples | Learn How to Write Limerick Poems


What are limericks?

Limericks are nonsensical and humorous poems with the rhyming scheme AABBA.

Limericks were very popular in children’s rhymes like the Mother Goose rhymes published in the late 1700s.

Edward Lear made limericks popular for all age groups with his “Book of Nonsense” published in the 1800s.

Examples of Limericks

A very famous Edward Lear limerick which is also hilarious is as follows:

“There was an old man with a beard

Who said, “It is just as I feared!”

Two Owls and a Hen

Four Larks and a Wren

Have all built their nests in my beard.”

Another example of a limerick by Edward Lear is as follows:

“There was a young lady of Portugal

Whose ideas were excessively nautical:

She climbed up a tree,

To examine the sea,

And declared she would never leave Portugal.”

Have Fun with Limericks | Learn how to Write Limerick Poems

The following are a few simple steps that will prompt you to write your own cool limericks:

  1. Write down any nonsensical line that comes to your mind:

For example:  There happened to be no rain.

  1. Connect the second nonsensical line with the first and make it rhyme:

For example:  Which was such a big pain.

  1. Repeat the process for the third and fourth lines making nonsensical connections:

For example:  So they carried a raincoat

And hopped into a speedy boat

  1. End with a funny punch line that rhymes with the first line:

For example:  Hoping a pond would form out of the rain.

After a few attempts and  fine-tuning of the lines, the limerick will make perfect nonsensical sense and leave you with a smile.

The example limerick (AABBA rhyming scheme) is thus as follows:

“There happened to be no rain

Which was such a big pain

So they carried a rainy coat

And hopped into a speedy boat

Hoping a pond would form out of the rain.”

Have fun writing limerick poems.  We would love to hear from you about your cool limerick poems and have some more laughs

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