Limerick Poems and Poets

Everything you need to know about limerick poems and limerick poets is here such as; how to write a limerick, its history, famous limerick poets, and examples of limerick, etc. As well as:

What is a Limerick?

Limerick Definition

[n] a humorous verse form of 5 anapestic lines with a rhyme scheme aabba
[n] port city in southwestern Ireland

A limerick is a five-line, often humorous and ribald poem with a strict meter. Lines 1, 2, and 5 of have seven to ten syllables (three metrical feet) and rhyme with one another. Lines 3 and 4 have five to seven (two metrical feet) syllables and also rhyme with each other. The rhyme scheme is usually "A-A-B-B-A".


There once was a man from Nantucket
Who kept all his cash in a bucket.
      But his daughter, named Nan,
      Ran away with a man
And as for the bucket, Nantucket.

See Also....

city, Eire, Ireland, Irish Free State, metropolis, port, rhyme, urban center, verse

Related Terms

alba, anacreontic, balada, ballad, ballade, bucolic, canso, chanson, clerihew, dirge, dithyramb, eclogue, elegy, English sonnet, epic, epigram, epithalamium, epode, epopee, epopoeia, epos, georgic, ghazel, haiku, Horatian ode, idyll, Italian sonnet, jingl

Famous Limerick Poets

  • Edward Lear