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7. Epigram Epigrams are short, witty, and often satirical poems that usually take the form of a couplet or quatrain (2-4 lines in length). Example of an Epigram An example of this wit is provided by Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Sir, I admit your general rule, That every poet is a fool, But you yourself may serve to show it, That every fool is not a poet. Epigrams are not exclusive to poetry. They are also commonly used as literary devices and in speeches. John F. Kennedy’s famous quote, “Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind” is one such example. 8. Limerick Limericks are humorous poems that have a more distinct rhythm. Their subject matter is sometimes crude, but always designed to offer laughs. Limerick Characteristics and Rules • 5 lines • 2 longer lines (usually 7-10 syllables) • 2 shorter lines (usually 5-7 syllables) • 1 closing line to bring the joke home (7-10 syllables) • Rhyme scheme: AABBA Examples of Limericks There once was an old man of Nantucket

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