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:
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)
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!