In Celebration of the Irish

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, the time is right to pay tribute to a much-maligned art form – the limerick.  While limericks didn’t originate in Ireland, we have the town of Limerick for putting them on the map, so to speak. 


Although bawdy humor or bad taste may come to mind when you hear the term, many great writers – including Shakespeare – have composed them. For this week’s writing exercise, try composing a limerick about your favorite person, place, pet, book – anything!  There are not many “rules” – in general, limericks have five lines –  Lines 1, 2 and 5 have 7-10 syllables and rhyme with one another; the same goes for Lines 3 and 4.  It’s a great way to warm up as you prepare for your next writing session.  Please share your best limerick (keeping in mind that this is a family-friendly website!) in the comments section.


May the luck o’ the Irish be with you!


 – Anne