How to write a limerick

What is a limerick?

The anatomy of a limerick

Basic Limerick Structure

More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Limerick Structure

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How to write a limerick

1. Structure it like a joke

2. The opener

Line 1: In my home sprawled a cat in plain view

3. The setup

Line 2: Who did nothing a pet ought to do.
Line 3: She caught nary a mouse
Line 4: And just lounged ‘round the house.

4. About that punchline …

Line 5: “Lady, I’m not your pet — I own you!”

In my home sprawled a cat in plain view
Who did nothing a pet ought to do.
She caught nary a mouse
And just lounged ‘round the house.
“Lady, I’m not your pet — I own
you!”

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