Limerick rules

@allknowing (66673)
India
February 29, 2016 4:39am CST
I wrote a post about doubts on limerick rules. I have them all collected and this is what they are Rhyming all 5 lines is not easy but unfortunately the limerick rule does not accept it. Also a limerick should be funny but not silly or serious. Mine was serious. Also there is a rule about there being a certain number of syllables in each line. I This limerick that I wrote did not meet with any of the rules [i]Limericks are nothing but fun Giving your thought a happy run Let them run till you are done As many a heart you have won Reading your thoughts one by one[/i] A perfect limerick would be something like this [i]There once was a person from Lyme Who married three wives at a time. When asked, "Why a third?" He replied, "One's absurd, And bigamy, sir, is a crime!"[/i] Source To summarise - A limerick should have 5 lines - Lines 1 -2 and 5 must have seven to ten syllables and they should rhyme with each other . The third and fourth lines must have five to seven syllables, and have to rhyme with each other. It is not always easy to count syllables and for this there is a syllable counter http://www.poetrysoup.com/poetry_resources/syllable_counter.aspx you can use. Hope limerick lovers will keep these rules in mind.
A little lot of limericks for a lot of laughs
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
29 Feb 16
Counting syllables should not be necessary for a limerick because he usually quoted in a certain rhythm, which itself would control the syllables. Lines 4 and 5 are traditionally shorter than the other 3. Using the guidelines which you supplied above you could actually create one with 5 lines of 7 syllables, but it would flow properly. A limerick is easy to write And should not be a difficult plight It is the rhythm that counts More than syllable amounts For which hearing is used and not sight
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@allknowing (66673)
• India
29 Feb 16
You will be surprised how each one pronounces words and so it is necessary to know about syllables. - my thinking
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
29 Feb 16
@allknowing I am fully aware of the variations in pronunciation from country to country and even from region to region, but counting syllables would not eliminate that situation.
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@allknowing (66673)
• India
29 Feb 16
@Asylum There is definitely a format for every kind of poetry and limericks are included in there. Counting of syllables is required for every kind of poetry.and I would certainly go by the number of syllables and not depend only on my hearing - over to you
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@JolietJake (51124)
• United States
29 Feb 16
This guy on the 'Lot called The Lamb Was sitting his butt on the can When a spider arose And ran 'cross his toes And that's when the s**t hit the fan...
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@allknowing (66673)
• India
29 Feb 16
The rule is that a limerick should be funny but should not stink
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@JolietJake (51124)
• United States
29 Feb 16
@allknowing *sprays Gladeā„¢ air-freshener in bathroom*
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@allknowing (66673)
• India
29 Feb 16
@JolietJake In that case you need to mention that in your limerick
@pumpkinjam (5774)
• United Kingdom
29 Feb 16
Well, I never knew that limericks had rules. :D There once was a man in a car Who could not get very far He looked at his side And he realised He was sitting in a bar. :)
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@allknowing (66673)
• India
29 Feb 16
Good one. Is this your own?
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• United Kingdom
29 Feb 16
@allknowing Thank you. Yes, it is. I literally just made it up as I was responding. :)
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@allknowing (66673)
• India
29 Feb 16
@pumpkinjam You are very good. You are following rules I see. Let's have some more.
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Feb 16
Thanks for putting up these guidelines. It will be helpful to many or us.
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@Daljinder (21716)
• India
1 Mar 16
Once upon a time there was a girl She was as pretty as a pearl But limericks once she tried In the rules she got entwined She got lost trying her words to corral Story of our life @allknowing
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@allknowing (66673)
• India
1 Mar 16
With a bit of practice you will soon join the experts here. Not bad at all.
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@Daljinder (21716)
• India
1 Mar 16
@allknowing I can only hope....
@Corbin5 (109630)
• United States
29 Feb 16
Thanks for the limerick information. Not as easy to create as I thought.
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@allknowing (66673)
• India
29 Feb 16
Once you gete the hang of it you should be able to create them with ease.
@Scindhia (1944)
• Chennai, India
29 Feb 16
This is why I didn't attempt writing one. I knew there would be a catch somewhere!
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@allknowing (66673)
• India
29 Feb 16
There is no catch at all but just a few rules which are there for any form of poetry.
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@PainsOnSlate (20341)
• Canada
29 Feb 16
Now that I know the rules I will give it a try. I knew there must be more too it but I didn't bother to look it up because to tell the truth, I'm no poet.
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@allknowing (66673)
• India
29 Feb 16
Do try. Waiting.
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@rashkhan (142)
• Delhi, India
29 Feb 16
Thankyou. That was quite an explanation
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@allknowing (66673)
• India
3 Mar 16
Would you now attempt to write one?
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• United States
29 Feb 16
lol, 'n this's why i don't do limericks :) too many danged rules.
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@salonga (27963)
• Philippines
29 Feb 16
I have not written a limerick but when I do, I will remember this post of yours. Thanks!
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@Lucky15 (33751)
• Philippines
29 Feb 16
No limericks for me :(
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