We’re loving limericks!

After last week’s National Poetry Day, we still haven’t managed to get away from the addictive nature of writing poems. They are creations that Holly and I both like and, even if you think they’re difficult to write (like I do!), there’s still something quite irresistible about them when you get going.

Holly and I have been using a special educational book called Practise Writing and Punctuation, produced by WHSmith. The idea is to supplement what Holly is doing at school, particularly with punctuation, which can be quite hard to crack sometimes.





The first activity that we tried out the other day was entitled: Write a Poem (more specifically, a limerick). The book told us that Edward Lear was a great writer of limericks, so we had a look at a few. Here are a couple of favourites:


There was an old man of Tobago,
Who lived on rice, gruel and sago
Till, much to his bliss,
His physician said this –
To a leg, sir, of mutton you may go.



Limerick and illustration courtesy of http://3quarksdaily.blogs.com



Anyway, Holly and I decided it was time to try our hand at limericks. These are our results:


Holly’s limerick

There was a young girl called Lila

Who ate a Twirl* with Delila

It made her feel sicker

So she ate liquor

Which pleased so the young girl Lila.

(* Twirls are chocolate bars in the UK)


Sam’s limerick

There once was a man named Nanoo

Who feared that he’d fall down the loo

Every time he sat down

He’d shake like a clown

And fall down the loo, old Nanoo.


We’d love to hear your attempts. If you are feeling brave, please send us a limerick!


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