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Literary Lion – Word Prompt “Limerick”- All about ‘Limerick’ with a sample of limerick poetry

Limerick is a sarcastic and humorous form of poetry intended to entertain people.

This form of poetry dates back to 18th century and even earlier days.

A standard form of limerick contains 5 lines with a rhyme scheme of ‘aabba’ meaning that the first two lines and last line rhyme with each other, whereas the 3rd and 4th lines rhyme with each one of them.

The first, second and fifth lines of the limerick are normally made up of three feet each with 3 syllables. The fourth and fifth lines have only two feet with three syllables each. But there are many writers who do not follow all these standards. Many limericks are there with more syllables, particularly in the last sentence. Even the rhyming pattern also gets changed according to the styles of writers.

A sample of Limerick created by me is given below.

“There lived a girl named Nirmala

Some called her Pilla not Nirmala

Do you know what pilla is

Dog’s synonym in Hindi it is

Don’t know why they never called her Nirmala”


There are some fun facts about Limerick

Limerick is a city and also a county in Ireland. The old history of this county dates back to 3500 BC.

In Irish language limerick refers to “flat area”

This county has been a place for great artists, comedians, musicians and sculptors. In 2014, Limerick has been selected as Ireland’s inaugural National city of Culture.

Many believe that the poetry genre ‘limerick’ has its origin from this city of Limerick.

PS. This post is in response to Laura Feasey’s blogging event “Literary Lion” at this Link.

By Venkat Acharya

A senior citizen, retired accountant from the cement industry. Developed a passion for writing after retirement in 2010. Even though the writing is in his blood because of his father who has been a good writer and artist, Venkat started writing only from 2012 onwards (because of his busy workload during employment). His writings are mainly focussed on lifestyle tips, recipes, and Finance/Economics topics. Later, he started creative writing topics also at HubPages besides other online assignments. He loves art, music, reading books of different genres, expressing his views on various matters. Further, he self-published a book titled "Introduction to Economics" based on his own knowledge and experiences in a KDP book form as well as a Paperback at Amazon which is available only for $2 at this link:

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