Definition of Limerick Poem:
a poem five lines, often humorous, in which the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme with each other, and the third and fourth lines, which are shorter, form a rhymed couplet.

Example of Limerick #1:

Bacteria, By Unknown

There once were some learned M.D.'s,
Who captured some germs of disease,
    And infected a train
    Which, without causing pain,
Allowed one to catch it with ease.

Example of Limerick #2:

AccidentsBy Unknown

There once was a lady from Guam,
Who said, "Now the sea is so calm
I will swim, for a lark";
But she met with a shark.
Let us now sing the ninetieth psalm.

limerick poem

Limerick poetry:
  • Definition of Limerick
  • Examples of Limericks
  • Examples of authors using Limericks
  • Explanation of how Limericks are used

Why are poetry examples important?

Studying examples of poems using various poetic devices such as limericks helps create an understanding of how those poetry terms work within different types of poetry.  For instance examples of poems using onomatopoeia can illustrate how sounds can be represented in poems.  Likewise, examples of poems using alliteration can shed light on how alliteration affects the rhythm of a poem.  Many poems can be an example of limericks, but sometimes good examples are hard to find.  You'll find relevant, concise poetry examples here. 

Can Poems be examples of more than one poetry term?

Absolutely.  Examples of poems using hyperbole are also examples of figurative language, since hyperbole is considered a type of figurative language.  That's just one example.  Poems usually contain multiple poetic terms and devices such as limericks.  The poetry examples contained in this site often link to other poetry devices of which that poem serves as an example.  However, we provide unique examples for each poetry term wherever possible.

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