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Limerick

Type:  

Structure, Metrical Requirement, Rhyme Scheme Requirement, Simple

 
Description: 

English comedic five line form. Rhyme scheme aabba. Lines 1, 2, and 5 have three stresses and lines 3 and 4 have two. The meter is effectually anapestic or amphibrachic. In other words, its got nine syllables to the long lines and six to the short ones, although it is not uncommon to leave a syllable out. Occasionally, someone will end a line with an extra feminine syllable.

 
Origin: 

English

 
Schematic: 
Rhythm either amphibrachic (xXx) or anapestic (xxX).

Amphibrachic schema:

xXx xXx xXa
xXx xXx xXa
xXx xXb
xXx xXb
xXx xXx xXa
 
Rhythm/Stanza Length: 

5

 
Line/Poem Length: 

5

 
See Also:  

Double Dactyl, Light Verse, Mad Song Stanza

 
Status: 

Incomplete

 

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