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Are you NOT a poet and you don’t know it? Today is your day!

Believe it or not, August 18 is National Bad Poetry Day. We think it was organized to encourage people to “just try.” Don’t worry if your poem is awful, just give poetry a chance. So in the spirit of having some poetry fun with your kids today, here are . . .

The Rules of the Limerick
Limericks are five lines long.
Lines 1, 2, and 5 rhyme with each other.
Lines 3 and 4 rhyme with each other.
They are (usually) funny.
They have a distinctively bouncy rhythm that goes like this . . .

da DUM da da DUM da da DUM
da DUM da da DUM da da DUM
da DUM da da DUM
da DUM da da DUM
da DUM da da DUM da da DUM

Let’s chuckle at this example, from the Book of Nonsense, by Edward Lear:

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There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, “It is just as I feared!
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!”

Looking for more inspiration? Brownielocks collects kid-limericks! And Poets.org keeps a running collection of poems, new and classic, that kids like to hear and read (they’re not “bad poetry,” though).

Wishing you lots of silly poems today!

Roses are red
Violets are purple
Sugar is sweet
And so is murple surple!

 

 

 

 

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