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How to Write a Limerick

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  The next type of poem that we are looking at is a Limerick. 


 A limerick is a silly poem with 5 lines. The first ones were written by a man named Edward Lear.

Here is an example:

                                                    There was a young lady whose bonnet,

                                                     Came untied when the birds sat upon it.

                                                      But she said " I don't care !

                                                      All the birds in the air

                                                      Are welcome to sit on my bonnet."




We will need to count syllables like we did for a Haiku. Eg - The word "introduction"has four syllables.

The pattern is :-

 The first and second and fifth lines rhyme with each other and have the same number of syllables (8 or 9)

The third and fourth lines rhyme and have the same number ( 5 or 6 ) of syllables.


They often start with the words  "There was "

                                                                            Your challenge

 Have a go at writing your own and add a picture with it.

Sometimes using the name of a country in the first line might help with the rhyming. Send them to Mr Eccleston or Mrs McGowan. Can you write one about her cat for her ?

Send us videos of you reading your limericks and show us your drawings. We love to see them. 




We looked briefly at Haiku poems last week, for Earth Day. Lets learn a little more about them......


How to write a Haiku


"Haiku" is a traditional form of Japanese poetry.  Haiku poems consist of 3 lines.

 The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. A syllable is a part of a word pronounced as a unit. It is usually made up of a vowel alone or a vowel with one or more consonants.

The word "Haiku" has two syllables: Hai-ku; the word "introduction" has four syllables: in-tro-duc-tion. The lines rarely rhyme.


Here's a Haiku to help you remember:

I am first with five
Then seven in the middle --
Five again to end.


Because Haikus are such short poems, they are usually written about things that are recognizable to the reader,  animals or seasons are a popular choice.

Examples of Haikus


Now, here is your challenge:

Try writing a Haiku about a certain animal but don't mention which animal it is. See if your parents can guess or put it on the blog and see if I can work it out.

Even better, you could video yourself reading/performing your Haiku for me to guess ?

Here are two examples of "What am I?" Haikus:


Green and speckled legs,
Hop on logs and lily pads
Splash in cool water.



In a pouch I grow,
On a southern continent 
Strange creatures I know.


Can you name the animal?