Tuesday, 24 November 2015


A limerick is a nonsense poem, written in 5 lines with the rhyming pattern:

 a a b b a.

Edward Lear, a Victorian poet, is usually given credit for inventing the form.

You can show great invention and have fun writing your own! Follow the 6 challenges and you'll be up and running! Have fun!


WALT find the rhyming words in limericks.

Note down the rhyming words in these limericks, one has been done for you as an example:

There once were two cats of Kilkenny.
Each thought that was one cat too many,
So they started to fight
And to scratch and to bite--
Now, instead of two cats, there aren't any.

Kilkenny                  bite

many                       fight


There was a young lady from Leeds
Who swallowed a package of seeds.
Now this sorry young lass
Is quite covered in grass,
But has all the tomatoes she needs.

There was a young schoolboy of Rye, 
Who was baked by mistake in a pie. 
To his mother’s disgust 
He emerged through the crust, 
And exclaimed, with a yawn, "Where am I?"
WALT complete a limerick, choosing your own words
Complete and copy out these limericks in your best handwriting or on a device. Remember to keep to the same line lengths, so that the rhyming words are at the end of lines.

A funny young fellow named Perkins
Was terribly fond of small _________
One day after tea
He ate ninety _________
And pickled his internal workings.

There was once a young girl who said: "Why 
Can't I look in my ear with my ______? 
If I put my mind to it 
I'm sure I can do it. 
You never can tell till you ______ ." 

There was an old man of Dumbree,
Who taught little owls to drink ______ ;
For he said, 'To eat mice,
Is not proper or _______'
That amiable man of Dumbree.
(Edward Lear)
Challenge 3

Limericks have 2 longer lines, then 2 shorter lines then a longer line. Count the syllables in each line of these 2 limericks – the first line has been done for you.

A circus performer named Brian                        (9 )
Once smiled as he rode on a lion                        (  )
They came back from the ride,                        (  )
But with Brian inside,                                        (  )
And the smile on the face of the lion.                (  )

There was a young lady of Ryde
Who ate some green apples and died.
The apples fermented
Inside the lamented
And made cider inside her inside.


These 2 limericks have been mixed up, find which is the first line to help you find the correct order then copy the limericks out in your best handwriting!

Would make me too fat,'
Who dined on one pea, and one bean;

That cautious old person of Dean.
For he said, 'More than that,
There was an old person of Dean,

Every time that I ask it

There once was a girl who said, “How
Shall I manage to carry my cow?
It makes such a terrible row.”
To get in my basket,

These 2 limericks have the lines in the correct order but the word order has been mixed up! Try to sort them out into the correct order and copy the limericks out correctly.

who tutor A tooted flute a
to teach two young Tried tooters to toot
two Said to the the tutor, 
it  "Is  to toot, harder  or . . . 
two To tootors tutor toot to?" 
(Carolyn Wells)

can cent toes,”  pick up a “I my with 
a boastful Mose,young person Said  named ,
Millie sharp-witted but
“That's Replied, silly just  -
with my do the same I can thing nose.”


Now try to write your own limericks; the rhyming pattern should be 

aabba. Two long lines that rhyme, two shorter lines that rhyme, then a longer line that rhymes with the first two lines. The first line is suggested for you.

There was a young fellow called Jack..

sack ;back ;lack; tack ;knack; whack; crack mac;pack;tic tac;rack.

An amazing young lady called Jane.....

rain; mane; crane;lane;sane;insane;vain;vane;Dane;grain;train;gain;bane etc

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