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A limerick must have 5 lines whose first two lines must rhyme with the last and whose third and fourth line must rhyme (rhyme scheme AABBA).

An example:

There was an old man from Peru

Who dreamed he was eating his shoe

He woke in the night

With a terrible fright

To find it was perfectly true.

Limericks also traditionally have a specific meter, often anapestic (u u /), and there are usually three metered feet (three syllables each) in lines 1, 2 and 5, and two metered feet in lines 3 and 4, although the exact syllables and meter vary a little... getting the rhythm of the lines is more important, and so we might say a word faster or slower as we fall into the rhythm of it. In the example above, for instance, there are only 5 syllables in line 4 and 6 syllables in line 5. But in saying it, we have a tendency to draw out the "woke" almost like it were the word "awoke," to make it fit the meter. Lines 1, 2, and 5 in this example also only have eight syllables because of the catalectic (headless) feet at the beginning of each line.

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How many lines in a limerick poem?

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What is the difference between a free verse poem and a limerick poem?

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How many lines are in a licrick?

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it could be a limerick,is that's what you are lookingfro, thought they may be others Pentameter .


What is a short humorous poem with a distinctive rhyme?

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A sentence with the word limerick in it?

a sentence limerick is a limerick is a kind of poem


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How many lines are there usually in a limerick?

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How many liens are in a limerick?

A Limerick is a five line poem written with one couplet and one triplet


How many meters does a limerick have?

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