Lessons in Poetry — Haiku & A Limerick

Blog Post #126

Every Tuesday is Haikuesday — a day when we are challenged to compose a Japanese-inspired, three line poem and post it to the universe for all to read (and enjoy?) So here is my haiku for today!

The red setting sun / illuminates the sky / night comes with the stars


Since I have been participating in this #haikuchallenge for awhile now, I thought it might be interesting to find out about other short forms of poetry. As I have said before, I’m not a poet — I was having difficulty figuring out what other kinds of short poetry are out in the world — so I turned to my good friend, Google. (Google never fails to help me out of a jam!) That’s how I rediscovered limericks!

Limericks are usually quirky, nonsensical verse comprised of five lines of poetry with a definite cadence and an AA, BB, A rhyme scheme, and 9 syllables in the first, second and fifth line — and six in the third and fourth lines.

The first limerick appeared in the UK in the late 1800s and are thought to refer to the County of Limerick in Ireland.  The British poet, author and artist, Edward Lear, known for his wit and humor, popularized the limerick, writing over 200 of the short poems himself. Poems like this:

There was an Old Person of Fife,
Who was greatly disgusted with life;
They sang him a ballad,
And fed him on Salad,
Which cured that Old Person of Fife.

~Edward Lear

I remember learning to compose limericks in school and enjoying writing the funny verses, carefully making sure that the rhyme scheme and rhythm were spot on.

Just for fun, I thought I would take a trip down memory lane and try to come up one of these silly poems.

black cat

Sparky was a big, shiny black cat
Who loved to go out in a red hat
With his tail in the air
He looked quite debonair
Til he slid down the stairs and went SPLAT!

Do you write poetry?





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