Saturday, 7 June 2008

Limericks by Year 5

Mr Brook's year 5 English group have been writing their own limericks based on body parts and local villages. A limerick is a silly poem with five lines. They are often funny or nonsensical. However, writing a good limerick is harder than it seems. The hardest part is getting the last line to pull the poem together. A bit like the punch line to a joke.
Here are some of their examples.

My brother had curly blonde hair
Which was quite thin and very fair
He liked having buns
And had lots of fun
Infact he looked just like a bear


There once was a boy with a nose,
It was so long it reached his toes,
One day when he sneezed,
The almighty breeze,
Caused the surrounding shops to close!


There was a boy with small ears,
He had lots of really weird fears,
He shouted a lot,
He was scared of pots,
That made him end up in tears!

There was a boy with a big nose,
He liked to do dances and pose,
He liked to jump high,
Right up to the sky,
He did all that stuffon his toes!


There was a man with one leg
He picked his nose with a peg
He was not afraid
He loved the arcade
He had a sister called Meg


My family live in Fram
With two horses and a lamb
Our house is quite old
It gets a bit cold
I'd rather go back to my pram


If you would like to write your own limerick you need to follow these guidelines:

The first, second and fifth lines rhyme with each other and have the same number of syllables (typically7, 8 or 9).
The third and fourth lines rhyme with each other and have the same number of syllables (typically 5 or 6).
Limericks often start with the line "There once was a..." or "There was a..."