Tuesday, February 27, 2007

#83: It Ain't Over Yet

It Ain’t Over Yet

Well the boy had a trick up his sleeve.

His old man he would trick and deceive.

I’m afraid you’ll forget,

If I tell you just yet

the boy’s plan. So, I hope you don’t grieve.


Mary said...

I am happy to know it is so
That you plan to go on with the show.
It's been great entertainment,
That King whose arraignment
Was forestalled when he got the low blow.

And his niece, the new Queen--what a plotter!
It's too bad from her throne she should totter,
At her fun'ral to stink--
All the people may think
That a devious assassin has got her!

Anonymous said...

Hi! I'm a first time visiter here! Got here via Mary's blog! I don't have a limerick for you since I'm not that creative... I guess that saying that younger kids are more creative isn't true... I couldn't make up a limerick to save my life... and I'm in 7th grade...

sigg said...

Hi justin,

I have found that age is no barrier to writing a limerick. I've seen some works by writers who are about your age and I find it hard to distinguish their work from writers who are much older.

If you do decide to have a go at writing a limerick, there are three main things to think about. The first is the form, which is pretty easy: five lines with L1, L2, L5 rhyming and L3-4 rhyming. The second thing to think about is the rhyming. I recommend sticking to what are called masculine rhymes for your first effort. Masculine rhymes are rhymes where you rhyme the last syllable such as in mary's first limerick above.

The toughest thing to master in writing a limerick is understanding meter. A limerick is all about carefully having every third syllable being a stressed syllable (more or less). If you are interested, I highly recommend David Finley's page because it has an excellent discussion of meter.

Lastly, it's good for a limerick to have a good joke or wordplay in L5 to increase enjoyment.

Anonymous said...

Sigg- thanks for the tips!