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How To Write a Limerick

Watch more How to Write Fiction & Poetry videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn to put your silly thoughts into a limerick poem by following these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Read limericks Read other limericks to get an understanding of limericks. You can find collections of limericks at your local library or book store. Step 2: Understand the form Learn the limerick's form. A limerick is a five-line poem, usually witty or funny, where the last word of lines one, two, and five, which each have eight syllables, rhyme, and the last word of lines three and four, which each have five syllables, rhyme. Step 3: Write line one Write the first line, introducing a character or a location. The line should be eight syllables and the last word needs to rhyme with the last words of lines two and five. Don't end your first line with the word orange! Tip Remember, limericks are meant to be funny, so setting up your joke or idea strongly at the beginning helps the rest of the poem. Step 4: Write line two Begin line two. This line should introduce a plot. The last word must rhyme with the last word in line one and the line is again eight syllables. Step 5: Write lines three and four Construct lines three and four by thinking of two rhyming words that can serve as the last words of these two lines. These lines are five syllables and can introduce a problem, solution, or maybe just something that makes the story funny. Step 6: Write the final line Write your final line by reverting back to the format of lines one and two: eight syllables long with a last word that rhymes lines one and two. This line should wrap up your limerick, either wittily or humorously tightly. Step 7: Read aloud Read aloud to an audience and enjoy the feedback! Did You Know? Although collections of limericks date back to 1820, Edward Lear is often credited with popularizing the modern limerick in his _Book of Nonsense_ first published in 1846.
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