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What is a limerick poem?

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May 02, 2009 11:33PM

A limerick is a silly poem with five lines. They are often funny or nonsensical. It has a rhyming scheme of AABBA and the third and fourth lines are shorter than the other three.

e.g. This one of Edward Lear's nonsense rhymes...

There was a wine waiter from Wapping

Drew corks for a week without stopping

He cried "It's too bad,

All the practice I've had

And yet cannot prevent them from popping."