How To Write Limericks

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How To Write Limericks

by Clancy O’Lafferty


“How can you do that?” How can you write limericks? Some fine people have politely demanded, such as Finnegan did in all sincerity the twit, when I was drier than Parump, Nevada.

First of all, it helps if you can play a five-string bluegrass banjo. It’s a puzzle such as Earl Scruggs worked out in rhythm and tone except with a limerick ’tis rhythm and rhyme. It also may help to fear no Guinness and to think about matters which are downright ridiculous.

Now, let’s turn this idea into a limerick. For the formalists, bless their hearts, there is a RIGIDĀ pattern. But since the object of this style is to entertain….well hard rules belong in the dust bin, I says, and as a matter of fact it is my opinion.

First the idea

Second, choose your rhythm and rhyme

Third, express the idea with imagination

Fourth, think of a good punch line.


Here we go:

How Do I Write A Limerick

by Clancy O’Lafferty


‘O’Lafferty man, from the Ulster clan

How is it that you can write Lim’ricks?”

Finnegan said, with a gun to me head,

(that shoots water) and downed his third Guinness

“Well, first you gets rythm and then you gets rhyme

And then you thinks up of a funny punch line

Like: “My name is O’Lafferty keep up the flattery!

And whiskey assisting works fine if you buy!

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Copyright Maurie Nord 2014










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