Limerick Template

Why write a limerick?

Has your teacher assigned it as homework? Do you want to send a personal one to a friend or family member for that "special" occasion? Do you want to improve the precision, compactness, and discipline of your writing skills? The best reason of course is because it's fun.

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You can use the template below to make your meter absolutely perfect. Lines 1 2 and 5 should rhyme. Lines 3 and 4 should also rhyme. Note that a rhyming dictionary helps a lot.

1. ____   ____   ____,         ____   ____   ____,         ____   ____   ____,
2. ____   ____   ____,         ____   ____   ____,         ____   ____   ____,
3. ____   ____   ____,         ____   ____   ____,
4. ____   ____   ____,         ____   ____   ____,
5. ____   ____   ____,         ____   ____   ____,         ____   ____   ____,

If you want to download a larger copy of the above template for your class or yourself can grab it here: Limerick Template

More detail on how to write a limerick

Each group of three syllables is called an anapest foot: ____   ____   ____,     The emphasis should be on the red syllable

What's an "anapest" you say?

An anapest foot is defined as: "special and significant stress of voice laid on particular words or syllables."

What's a "foot"?

Outside of being the thing at the end of your leg a "foot" can also mean a group of two or more syllables in which one syllable has the major stress forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm." In our example "she can do" is an anapest foot.

To elaborate here's an example of a limerick written with perfect meter and rhyme. Note that according to the website Dictionary.com (who provided all the definitions on this page) the pronunciation of "churl" is similar to the "ch" in "church.":

1. Betty Sue is an amorous girl
2. She's an expert at make-up and curl
3. But there's more she can do
4. Than to primp and to coo
5. If you cross her the lass is a churl.

* Notice that lines 1, 2, and 5 rhyme with each other * Again lines 3 and 4 do as well * There are exactly nine syllables in lines 1, 2, and 5 * Lines 3 and 4 contain exactly 6 syllables each

Let's show that again as syllables and with commas to show where the anapest "feet" are:

1. Bet   ty   Sue    is   an   am  o   rous   girl
2. She's   an   ex   pert   at   make   up   and   curl
3. But   there's   more   she   can   do
4. Than   to   primp   and   to   coo
5. If   you   cross   her   the   lass   is   a   churl

The red syllables are where the emphasis should be placed. Emphasis is defined as: special and significant stress of voice laid on particular words or syllables. An example of the wrong emphasis would be using the name Barbara instead of Betty Sue. "Bar bar a" has an emphasis upon the first syllable while "Bet ty Sue" has the emphasis on the third syllable.

While the limerick is as older than St. Thomas Aquinas, this poetic form became famous through the children's verses of Edward Lear.

Here's one by Aquinas:

Sit vitiorum meorum evacuatio
Concupiscentae et libidinis exterminatio
Caritatis et patientiae
Humilitatis et obedientiae
Omniumque virtutum augmentatio.

Okay so that's in Latin. Here's the translation attributed to Irene Blase:

Let it be for the elimination for my sins
For the expulsion of desire and lust
[And] for the increase of charity and patience
Humility and obedience
As well as all the virtues.

One final point about writing a limerick

Although Aquinas's limerick is about a religious topic and although Lear was from Britain the limerick poem traditionally is bawdy and usually associated with the Irish culture.

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