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March 15th is National Limerick day and I couldn’t be more excited! This form of poetry dates back to the 18th century when Edward Lear popularized them. It is a rhyming scheme that is stylized in an AABBA structure. The purpose of it is usually to be rude and humorous! However, you can make the poem about literally anything as long as it follows the structure given. Have you considered the fun you could have by joining us in writing a small poem today?

Flowing Brain Juices.Lines 1,2, and 5 are suppose to rhyme together and have seven to ten syllables. Lines 3 and 4 are meant to rhyme and have five to seven syllables. Though the purpose of this style of poem has changed in the centuries since its creation, the humor in the ones that can be found has never changed. Many poets still use this form as a way to practice their expertise before going on to write the bulk of their craft. Sort of like a practice run.

If you want the exact form of how it is used you can find that HERE. I recommend going the silly route, especially if you’re having writers block. Doing something as simple as putting a small verse of rhyming words together can help get those brain juices flowing.

Though the style was popularized by Mr. Lear, it has been widely speculated that the structure has been around since 1225 when Saint Thomas Aquinas may have written the first limerick: “A Prayer in Latin! My, how things have changed! Queen Elizabeth I was said to have made a limerick during her time known as “Daughter of Debate.” Even now the style is going strong, shown by the many poetry challenges that have become popular over the past half-decade.

Some of our Nation’s most famous writers used Limericks. The most prominent being Dr. Seuss (in his usual nonsensical way). We have grown up with this type of poetry for as long as we can remember but it is not as widely written as it used to be. So, for this National Holiday, perhaps we could all channel our inner Dr. Seuss and write a few lines for history. We may just find out that we are more adept at telling a story then we thought.

To show how easy it is to come up with something, here are a few limericks written by HCPL staff to share in celebration of the day! 

Staff Submissions


Here are some good multimedia reads from some inspirational poets!


Maya Angelou




Aesthetic poetry, a collection




Classic American Poetry, an American History




Unprotected Poetry




American poetry for the 21st century



Quarter Life Poetry


Clap Your Hands, an African Poetry and art book.


Poetry of Resistance.


Texas in Poetry 2


Something sure smells around here: Limericks



Make up a Limerick and post it below! Did you find that it was easy or hard?

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