Lovely Limericks

As Múinteoir John mentioned in the lesson, a limerick is a silly, funny poem with five lines.  Limericks were made famous by Edward Lear, an English author who wrote the "Book of Nonsense" in the 1800's.  This was an entire book of silly limericks! Many believe that Limericks are named after the Irish county.

Here's an example of one of Edward’s limericks:

Activity: Write your own Limerick

  • A Limerick consists of a 5-line poem where the first, second, and fifth line rhyme with each other and the third and fourth line rhyme with each other.
     
  • Limericks often start with the line "There once was a..." or "There was a..."

Now give it a go and write your own!  Here's a silly limerick we came up with, just for you!

There once was a Homeschool Hub
Everyone was part of that club
We learnt whilst at home
We didn’t have to roam
And we all gave our hands a good scrub!

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Playful Poetry

Here's the first verse of another poem by Edward Lear.  It’s called The Duck and the Kangaroo.  Have a read and answer the questions that follow.

Said the Duck to the Kangaroo,
'Good gracious! How you hop!
Over the fields and the water too,
As if you never would stop!

My life is a bore in this nasty pond,
And I long to go out in the world beyond!
'I wish I could hop like you',
Said the duck to the Kangaroo.

1) What does the duck want to do? ___________________________________________________

2) Why do you think the duck is bored in the pond? __________________________________

3) Do you think the duck will learn to hop? ___________________________________________

4) What other skills does the duck have, even though he can't hop? ______________________________________________________________________________________

5) If you were the kangaroo, how might you help the duck? 

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