The Limerick and the Haiku: Odd Bedfellows

Let’s write some poetry. Jeff explains a limerick and haiku. Add yours in the comment section.

Jaffalogue

Happy National Poetry Month [NaPoMo]. Usually one doesn’t partner up the ribald, irreverent Irish ex-pat with the introspective, nature-loving Japanese native, but there you go. Done. I like these two little forms and would like to shine a little light on each.

The limerick, named after a city in Ireland, is a particularly bawdy poem consisting of 5 lines with a very tight rhyme and rhythmic scheme that has made its way to many a schoolyard playground. An original:

There once was a lady from Kerry
who fancied the gents that were hairy.
With the strands from her teeth,
she wove a grand wreath
to remember the times that were merry.

This particular limerick, which I wrote years ago, shows not only the AABBA rhyme scheme, but also the common opening line pattern of There once was a [noun] from [place] that opens many of the ones I heard as…

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