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Limericks and Double Dactyls<br />
Limerick<br />5 lines<br />Rhyme AABBA<br />Meter: De dum de dedum de dedum (de) X 2<br />De dum de dedum X 2<br />De dum ...
There was a young lady from IckenhamWho went on a bus-trip to Twickenham.She drank too much beer,Which made her feel queer...
A hooker there was from Victoria<br />Who went by the nickname of Gloria.<br />Her clients to please,<br />She’d go down o...
There was a young hooker from Kew<br />Who filled her vagina with glue<br />She said with a grin<br />Well, they paid to g...
Double Dactyl<br />Whole poem is one sentence<br />Two four-line stanzas<br />All except 4 and eight are dactylic dimeter<...
Long-short-short, long-short-shortDactyls in dimeter,Verse form with choriambs(Masculine rhyme):One sentence (two stanzas)...
I’ve often wondered inWhat kind of orbit aPlanet proceeds in aTesseract space?<br />Multidimensional,Hyperelliptical,Dizzy...
Hiffalump-heffalump,MeteorologistsIssue their forecasts onEach evening's news.Much as they'd like to giveDelphic-oracularS...
Double Dactyl Words<br />Characteristically<br />Aristocratically<br />Nonconfrontational<br />Semi-orgasmically<br />Mega...
Activity<br />For class: write one double dactyl per group, and two limericks: one “clean” and one “not-so-clean” (try not...
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Limericks and double dactyls

  1. 1. Limericks and Double Dactyls<br />
  2. 2. Limerick<br />5 lines<br />Rhyme AABBA<br />Meter: De dum de dedum de dedum (de) X 2<br />De dum de dedum X 2<br />De dum de dedum de dedum(de)<br />
  3. 3. 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.<br />
  4. 4. A hooker there was from Victoria<br />Who went by the nickname of Gloria.<br />Her clients to please,<br />She’d go down on her knees.<br />They’d leave in a state of euphoria.<br />
  5. 5. There was a young hooker from Kew<br />Who filled her vagina with glue<br />She said with a grin<br />Well, they paid to get in<br />They can pay to get out again, too.<br />
  6. 6. Double Dactyl<br />Whole poem is one sentence<br />Two four-line stanzas<br />All except 4 and eight are dactylic dimeter<br />4 and 8 are dactyl + one stress (dumdiddydum) aka a “choriamb” and they rhyme.<br />First line is nonsense word: eg “higgledy piggledy”<br />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)<br />Sixth line is often a single word. Eg parthenogenesis<br />
  7. 7. 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. <br />
  8. 8. I’ve often wondered inWhat kind of orbit aPlanet proceeds in aTesseract space?<br />Multidimensional,Hyperelliptical,Dizzying spacemen inTrans-solar chase.<br />
  9. 9. 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.<br />
  10. 10. Double Dactyl Words<br />Characteristically<br />Aristocratically<br />Nonconfrontational<br />Semi-orgasmically<br />Megalomania<br />Microbiology<br />anthropomorphically<br />Uncomplimentary<br />Indianapolis<br />Parapsychology<br />Garden-variety<br />Incontrovertibly<br />Ultra-traditional<br />antipornography<br />
  11. 11. Activity<br />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.<br />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.<br />

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