Limerick and Haiku Poetry

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Limericks.  A . limerick. is a five-line poem written with one . couplet. and one . triplet. . . A. . couplet. is a two-line rhymed poem. . A . triplet. is a three-line rhymed poem. . The rhyme pattern is . ID: 631288 Download Presentation

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Limerick and Haiku Poetry





is a five-line poem written with one


and one





is a two-line rhymed poem.



is a three-line rhymed poem.

The rhyme pattern is






with lines 1, 2 and 5 containing three beats and rhyming, and lines 3 and 4 having two beats and rhyming.

Some people say that the limerick was invented by soldiers returning from France to the Irish town of Limerick in the 1700's.


Practice with Limericks

A flea and a fly in a flue

Were caught, so what could they do?

Said the fly, "Let us flee."

"Let us fly," said the flea.

So they flew through a flaw in the flue.

How many beats are in each line (1, 2, and 5 should have three beats; 2 and 4 should have two beats)?

Does this limerick follow the a




a pattern?


Practice with Limericks

Try completing this limerick.


There once was a pauper named Meg

Who accidentally broke her _______.

She slipped on the ______.

Not once, but thrice.

Take no pity on her, I ________.



Create your Own!

Work in groups to create your own limerick.

Use the a




a 5-line form to create your poem.

Practice the rhythm of limericks by clapping you hands or snapping your fingers.



Haiku poems are generally written to describe



The most widely recognized form consists of a three-line stanza that has a total of 17 syllables, written in the following pattern:

Line 1:

5 syllables Clouds float slowly by

Line 2:

7 syllables Fluffy, lumpy, cotton balls

Line 3:

5 syllables Silver, gray, and white

The words and phrases used in haiku do not rhyme.


Practice with Haiku

When writing a haiku, the author's purpose is to transform a

seemingly common nature-related topic into something special or

extraordinary by using words.

Bursting in bright hues

Splashing colors all about

Autumn leaves must fall

How many syllables are there in each line of this poem?

What is the subject (topic) of this poem?

What interesting and descriptive words to you see in this poem?


Create your Own!

The first step in writing a haiku poem is to choose a good topic. Haiku poems are generally written about nature.

Let’s brainstorm a list of nature-related topics. Subjects might include: different types of weather, clouds, landforms, water formations, seasons, etc.

Brainstorm words or phrases that describe the topic.


ut the words and phrases together to describe the topic in three lines according to the 5-7-5 syllable pattern.

Work in groups to create your own haiku.

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