Creative writing Poetry


Limerick structure

How to write a limerick

  • They are five lines long
  • They all follow the following rhyme scheme: AABBA rhyme scheme – the first line must rhyme with the 2nd and 5th line. And lines 3 and 4 must rhyme.
  • They are usually funny or silly
  • The last line is usually the funniest.


  • Line 1 (A) – 7-8 syllables
  • Line 2 (A) – 7-8 syllables
  • Line 3 (B) – 5 syllables
  • Line 4 (B) – 5 syllables
  • Line 5 (A) – 7-8 syllables

The origins of the limerick

Will you come down to Limerick


  1. Review the differences between academic (literal) and creative or figurative language.
  2. Create an image using DALL-E that represents the overall message of your limerick. Remember limericks should be fun, light-hearted, and humorous!
  3. Develop a two-or more stanza limerick using at least three examples of figurative language in each stanza.
  4. Create your limericks in your shared Word document for Unit IV.

By Benjamin L. Stewart

I´m an EFL teacher educator and foreign language coordinator at the Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes in Mexico.

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