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The Write Stuff: Limericks

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An introduction to limericks for Global Studies.

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The Write Stuff: Limericks

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  2. 2. Limericks!<br />The Write Stuff<br />
  3. 3. NTK: What is a LIMERICK?<br />Poem named for Limerick, Ireland<br />Originated in the 1700s, but exactly who wrote one first and when they wrote it is a mystery.<br />Meant to be FUNNY and CLEVER.<br />5 Lines with the rhyme scheme AABBA<br />Nursery rhymes are often limericks<br />
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  6. 6. What kind of figurative language is being used?<br />What is the limerick being compared to?<br />The limerick is furtive and mean<br />You must keep her in close quarantine<br />Or she sneaks to the slums<br />And promptly becomes<br />Disorderly, drunk and obscene.<br />
  7. 7. 'Tis a favourite project of mine,<br />A new value of pi to assign.<br />I would fix it at 3,<br />For it's simpler, you see,<br />Than 3 point 1 4 1 5 9 <br />
  8. 8. The was an old man of the isles<br />Who suffered severely from pisles<br />He couldn’t sit down<br />Without a deep frown<br />So he had to row standing for miles<br />
  9. 9. A macho young swimmer named Dwyer,<br />Really liked playing with fire.<br />One night in the dark<br />He swam with a shark,<br />And his voice is now two octaves higher.<br /> <br />

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