What are limerick poems?


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A limerick is a humorous poem that contains five lines and a rhyming scheme of AABBA. The first, second and fifth lines are between seven and 10 syllables, and the third and fourth lines contain five to seven syllables.

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19th century English poet Edward Lear wrote many humorous and nonsensical limericks throughout his career, such as "There was an Old Man of the West" about a man who can't sleep, and "There Was a Young Lady" about a young woman who plays the harp with her chin. Limericks can also be obscene, such as the American poem "There Once was a Man from Nantucket."

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