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Unformatted text preview: The​ ​limerick​ ​is​ ​Ireland’s​ ​most​ ​famous​ ​poetic​ ​export,​ ​a​ ​catchy​ ​light​ ​verse​ ​consisting​ ​of​ ​a​ ​series​ ​of five-line​ ​lines​ ​(3​ ​long​ ​lines​ ​and​ ​2​ ​short​ ​lines)​ ​with​ ​an​ ​aabba​ ​rhyme​ ​scheme​ ​(A​ ​->​ ​being​ ​the​ ​longer lines​ ​ ​B​ ​->​ ​being​ ​the​ ​shorter​ ​lines) The​ ​five-line​ ​structure​ ​lives​ ​within​ ​the​ ​jokes,​ ​puns,​ ​and​ ​pranks​ ​of​ ​countless​ ​ordinary​ ​poets, making​ ​it​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​famous​ ​English-language​ ​fixed​ ​verse​ ​forms. The​ ​last​ ​words​ ​of​ ​first,​ ​second​ ​and​ ​fifth​ ​line​ ​must​ ​rhyme​ ​with​ ​each​ ​other​ ​and​ ​the​ ​last​ ​words​ ​of​ ​the third​ ​and​ ​fourth​ ​line​ ​must​ ​rhyme​ ​as​ ​well. The​ ​reason​ ​limericks​ ​are​ ​so​ ​much​ ​fun​ ​is​ ​because​ ​they​ ​are​ ​short,​ ​rhyming,​ ​funny,​ ​and​ ​have​ ​a bouncy​ ​rhythm​ ​that​ ​makes​ ​them​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​memorize. SOURCE:​ ​ -A​ ​brief​ ​history​ ​of​ ​the​ ​form The​ ​history​ ​of​ ​limericks​ ​is​ ​debatable​ ​and​ ​uncertain,​ ​but​ ​limerick​ ​poems​ ​can​ ​be​ ​traced​ ​back​ ​to​ ​the 14th​ ​century​ ​English​ ​history. In​ ​1845,​ ​a​ ​famous​ ​poet​ ​named​ ​Edward​ ​Lear​ ​published​ ​a​ ​book​ ​called​ ​‘The​ ​Book​ ​of​ ​Nonsense’​ ​in which​ ​he​ ​featured​ ​72​ ​limericks.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​the​ ​first​ ​history​ ​of​ ​limericks,​ ​which​ ​includes​ ​a​ ​published work. Limerick​ ​poems​ ​used​ ​to​ ​be​ ​referred​ ​to​ ​as​ ​bawdy​ ​or​ ​sexual​ ​in​ ​nature. No​ ​one​ ​knows​ ​for​ ​sure​ ​where​ ​the​ ​name​ ​“limerick”​ ​comes​ ​from,​ ​but​ ​most​ ​people​ ​assume​ ​it​ ​is related​ ​to​ ​the​ ​country​ ​of​ ​Limerick​ ​(in​ ​Ireland). Variants​ ​of​ ​the​ ​form​ ​of​ ​poetry​ ​referred​ ​to​ ​as​ ​Limerick​ ​poems​ ​can​ ​be​ ​traced​ ​back​ ​to​ ​the​ ​fourteenth century​ ​English​ ​history.​ ​Limericks​ ​were​ ​used​ ​in​ ​Nursery​ ​Rhymes​ ​and​ ​other​ ​poems​ ​for​ ​children. But​ ​as​ ​limericks​ ​were​ ​short,​ ​relatively​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​compose​ ​and​ ​bawdy​ ​or​ ​sexual​ ​in​ ​nature​ ​they​ ​were often​ ​repeated​ ​by​ ​beggars​ ​or​ ​the​ ​working​ ​classes​ ​in​ ​the​ ​British​ ​pubs​ ​and​ ​taverns​ ​of​ ​the​ ​fifteenth, sixteenth​ ​and​ ​seventh​ ​centuries.​ ​The​ ​poets​ ​who​ ​created​ ​these​ ​limericks​ ​were​ ​therefore​ ​often drunkards!​ ​Limericks​ ​were​ ​also​ ​referred​ ​to​ ​as​ ​dirty. Source:​ ​ -An​ ​example​ ​of​ ​the​ ​form​ ​and​ ​a​ ​close​ ​reading​ ​of​ ​the​ ​selected​ ​text Here,​ ​ ​you​ ​should​ ​compose​ ​some​ ​notes​ ​about​ ​the​ ​poem.​ ​A​ ​close​ ​reading​ ​should evaluate​ ​the​ ​language​ ​(abstract,​ ​concrete,​ ​figurative,​ ​and/or​ ​literal)​ ​and​ ​diction,​ ​the poetic​ ​devices,​ ​rhyme​ ​and​ ​meter,​ ​its​ ​message,​ ​etc.​ ​In​ ​all,​ ​you​ ​should​ ​make​ ​at​ ​least​ ​8 comments​ ​about​ ​the​ ​poem. There​ ​was​ ​a​ ​young​ ​man​ ​named​ ​Tim whose​ ​dad​ ​never​ ​taught​ ​him​ ​to​ ​swim He​ ​fell​ ​off​ ​a​ ​dock and​ ​sunk​ ​like​ ​a​ ​rock and​ ​that​ ​was​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​him -By:​ ​Edward​ ​Lear​ ​(1846) ● Paraphrase:​ ​This​ ​poem​ ​told​ ​about​ ​a​ ​young​ ​man​ ​named​ ​Tim​ ​that​ ​his​ ​dad​ ​never​ ​taught him​ ​to​ ​swim.​ ​One​ ​day,​ ​he​ ​suddenly​ ​fell​ ​off​ ​at​ ​a​ ​dock​ ​then​ ​he​ ​sunk/drown​ ​like​ ​a​ ​rock because​ ​he​ ​could​ ​not​ ​swim​ ​and​ ​eventually​ ​he​ ​died. ● Rhythm​ ​pattern:​ ​The​ ​limerick​ ​poem​ ​has​ ​a-a-b-b-a​ ​rhyme:​ ​1st,​ ​2nd,​ ​5th​ ​lines​ ​have​ ​same rhyme​ ​a-a-a​ ​while​ ​3rd,​ ​4th​ ​lines​ ​have​ ​same​ ​rhyme​ ​b-b.​ ​Type​ ​of​ ​rhyme​ ​of​ ​the​ ​poem​ ​is​ ​End rhyme,​ ​because​ ​it's​ ​rhyme​ ​places​ ​at​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​stanza.​ ​Five​ ​lines​ ​(Quintet):​ ​There​ ​are two​ ​different​ ​patterns;​ ​1st,​ ​2nd,​ ​5th​ ​rhythm​ ​pattern,​ ​and​ ​3rd,​ ​4th​ ​rhythm​ ​pattern.​ ​A limerick​ ​generally​ ​has​ ​7-10​ ​syllables​ ​in​ ​1st,​ ​2nd​ ​and​ ​5th​ ​lines.​ ​5-7​ ​syllables​ ​in​ ​3rd​ ​and​ ​4th lines. ● Simile:​ ​direct​ ​comparison​ ​between​ ​two​ ​things​ ​using​ ​word​ ​“like”​ ​“And​ ​sunk​ ​like​ ​a​ ​rock”. ● Language​ ​used:​ ​Introducing​ ​sentences​ ​(Start​ ​with​ ​the​ ​line​ ​"There​ ​was​ ​a...​ ​)​ ​Setting​ ​time​ ​( Past​ ​time​ ​(was,​ ​fell​ ​off,​ ​taught,​ ​and​ ​sunk)​ ​ ​Idiom​ ​(Idiom/phrase​ ​(fell​ ​off)) ● Poetic​ ​diction:​ ​Denotation​ ​(The​ ​words​ ​employ​ ​in​ ​the​ ​poem​ ​is​ ​a​ ​denotation​ ​meaning.​ ​The words​ ​are​ ​concise​ ​and​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​understand.)​ ​Pun​ ​(In​ ​the​ ​last​ ​line​ ​that​ ​contain​ ​something surprising) ● Tone:​ ​Humorous​ ​and​ ​entertaining ● Message:​ ​People​ ​should​ ​teach​ ​their​ ​children​ ​everything​ ​as​ ​early​ ​as​ ​possible​ ​to​ ​avoid problems -List​ ​of​ ​four​ ​other​ ​titles​ ​for​ ​further​ ​study Mother​ ​Goose’s​ ​"Hickory,​ ​dickory,​ ​dock" Kaitlyn​ ​Guenther’s​ ​“Star” Leanne​ ​Guenther’s​ ​“Daddy​ ​Limerick” Ogden​ ​Nash’s​ ​“Limerick’s​ ​Tavern” ...
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