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overview of writing poetry forms limerick and double-dactyl with examples

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    • Limericks and Double Dactyls
    • Limerick
      5 lines
      Rhyme AABBA
      Meter: De dum de dedum de dedum (de) X 2
      De dum de dedum X 2
      De dum de dedum de dedum(de)
    • There was a young lady from IckenhamWho went on a bus-trip to Twickenham.She drank too much beer,Which made her feel queer,So she took off her boots and was sick-in-'em.
    • A hooker there was from Victoria
      Who went by the nickname of Gloria.
      Her clients to please,
      She’d go down on her knees.
      They’d leave in a state of euphoria.
    • There was a young hooker from Kew
      Who filled her vagina with glue
      She said with a grin
      Well, they paid to get in
      They can pay to get out again, too.
    • Double Dactyl
      Whole poem is one sentence
      Two four-line stanzas
      All except 4 and eight are dactylic dimeter
      4 and 8 are dactyl + one stress (dumdiddydum) aka a “choriamb” and they rhyme.
      First line is nonsense word: eg “higgledy piggledy”
      Second line usually introduces the topic and is often the name of a person, best if a double-dactyl (Hans Christian Anderson, Emily Dickinson, Alfred Lord Tennyson)
      Sixth line is often a single word. Eg parthenogenesis
    • Long-short-short, long-short-shortDactyls in dimeter,Verse form with choriambs(Masculine rhyme):One sentence (two stanzas)HexasyllabicallyChallenges poets whoDon't have the time.
    • I’ve often wondered inWhat kind of orbit aPlanet proceeds in aTesseract space?
      Multidimensional,Hyperelliptical,Dizzying spacemen inTrans-solar chase.
    • Hiffalump-heffalump,MeteorologistsIssue their forecasts onEach evening's news.Much as they'd like to giveDelphic-oracularStatements, don't bet on theWeather; you'll lose.
    • Double Dactyl Words
      Characteristically
      Aristocratically
      Nonconfrontational
      Semi-orgasmically
      Megalomania
      Microbiology
      anthropomorphically
      Uncomplimentary
      Indianapolis
      Parapsychology
      Garden-variety
      Incontrovertibly
      Ultra-traditional
      antipornography
    • Activity
      For class: write one double dactyl per group, and two limericks: one “clean” and one “not-so-clean” (try not to be absolutely offensive). Be prepared to read to class.
      For homework: write two double-dactyls and three limericks. Try to make them of contemporary or local interest – about people or events we would recognize. Peer editors, check for meter, accuracy and overall effect.