Beginner’s Guide to Writing Poems Archive

Limerick can be defined as a fun based poetic form. The origin of the word limerick could not be traced yet people related the term to Ireland. The Limerick is short and rhythmic making it funny and easy to remember. Writing limerick needs some training and help. There are some rules that go with limericks. These rules can help write good limericks. The poem should be just five lines in length and the 1,2 and 5 lines should be rhythmic with others. The remaining 3 and 4 lines have to be rhythmic with each other. The rhythms have to be distinct. The poem is usually written on a funny tone.

Understanding rhyming in limerick
The rhythm is popularly called AABBA. The reason for this is the use of rhyme in 1, 2 and 5 referring to the As in the scheme. The Bs are referred to the lines 3 and 4. The limerick rhythm comes with a tongue twisting name ‘anapaestic’. While reading a limerick you will notice that the first, second and last lines have the same beat and the third and fourth will have a different beat. The following is an example of limerick you may enjoy and learn.

I desired for bicycle as birthday present.
My Dad did not agree but just made a comment
and next put a clause,
‘Let it be Santa Claus
to bring your grand gift on coming Christmas event.

Some simple tricks to write Limerick
Before heading to write a limerick consider two more tricks. The first and second lines are connected and could be the name of a place or person. The last line could be funny. Using the name of a person makes the first line easy to write. You can just use a name of a person or place and the last line also can end with the proper noun. You can use the rhyming dictionary to find out some rhymes for your poem. Once you decide on the rhymes it becomes easier to fill the rest of the limerick.


Expressing your feelings and experiences on paper does not need any tips or assistance. Just take a paper and fill it with words that best expresses your feelings. The success of a poem depends on how well you communicate your experiences. But if you want to communicate with the reader just expressing how you feel is not sufficient, you have to work towards generating an emotional connect with the reader. This is where you need help. Making a transition from a general poetry writer to kindling the emotions of the reader needs special skill. Here are some tips that you could use.

Stay away from celebrating your ideas and feelings. A poet centric poem that talks about poet does not generate good response. Work towards writing poems that could invoke feelings of the reader. Such poems are written for the sake of the reader.

Defining Goals
Unless you have a goal in mind, you will not know in which direction to follow. Ask yourself what you want to accomplish by writing the poem. The poem could be on a way of life, admiring nature, beauty, social injustice, etc. Once this goal is defined the poem takes an easy flow.

No Clichés
Overusing literary elements could be called clichés. Using a popular plot or a stock character could also be termed as cliché. Lone Ranger cowboy is a well known example of cliché and people use it so often that it fails to make an impact. Many fail to communicate properly with the use of cliché. Readers are looking for works that are out of the ordinary. If the work is loaded with clichés reader feel that the writer has not done enough homework to express their talent.

No sentiments
An overwhelming emotion of sympathy or love could be called sentimentality. Some of the popular subjects include young lovers, puppies, etc. It gives a feel that the emotions are artificial and does not yield the desired response.