Using of Limerick Poems in Literary Works of Famous authors


Using of Limerick Poems in Literary Works of Famous authors


My dear colleagues! Today I have a great opportunity to share my report with you on- line. I’m very glad and happy that you are listening and attending to my lecture. Let this school academic year be successful for everybody, bring strong health and good results in your creative work.

During my 25 years teaching practice I was interested in many topics such as ecology, English and Kazakh proverbs and English- speaking countries studies. It’s almost year I have been dealing with Limerick Poems for children. How do you think what a Limerick Poem is? What’s the definition of a limerick? What is the difference between limerick Poems & ordinary poems? Well, let me explain myself. The definition of Limerick Poems is as follows: It is a poetic device- a comic, a joke verse made up five lines. There is a section of Limericks. Slides. Limericks consist of five lines. Lines 1, 2 and 5 of Limericks have seven to ten syllables and rhyme with one another. Lines 3 and 4 of limericks have five to seven syllables and rhyme with each other. Limericks usually begin with ‘There was a… Limerick poems can often be of a funny or dirty. The content of many Limericks is often humorous nature. It is simple and short. Limericks are easy to remember and no great talent to compose one that everyone can it. Everyone feels  happy & laugh at them.


The Main Part

The word derives from the town of Limerick in Ireland. The form of poetry can be traced to the14th century in English history. They were often sung in the British pubs and taverns of the 15th 16th and 17th centuries by beggars and the working class. Limericks have reminded popular over the years.  Such as famous people- R. Kipling, M. Twain, H.G. Wells, J. Galsworthy, J. Joyce, L. Carroll and Isaac Asimov wrote limericks. The Father of the Limerick poem was Edward Lear. Who was E. Lear? Do you want to know about him?

Edward Lear (12 May 1812 – 29 January 1888) was an English artist, illustrator, author, and poet, renowned today for his literary nonsense, in poetry and prose, and especially his limericks, a form that he popularized. Lear was born into a middle-class family in the village of Holloway.

Lear suffered from health problems. From the age of six he suffered frequent epileptic seizures, bronchitis, asthma, and in later life, partial blindness. When Lear was about seven he began to show signs of depression, possibly due to the constant instability of his childhood.

Lear travelled widely throughout his life and settled in Sanremo in villa he named «Villa Tennyson.»He called it because of his liking Tennyson’s poems. He travelled in Italy, Greece, India and Egypt. Lear liked to draw and paint. Throughout his life he continued to paint. He had a lifelong ambition to illustrate Tennyson’s poems.

.His first publication was published when he was 19. His paintings were well received and he was favorably compared with great painters.

In 1846 Lear published A Book of Nonsense, a volume of limericks and popularized the form. Lear’s nonsense books were quite popular during his lifetime.

Thomas McLean published these books in 1846 which consisted of 72 limericks. This book was popular and was contributed to the humorous magazine Punch which started printing examples of limericks.

These limericks are very popular with children. Let me read some of them.


Limericks by Edward Lear

There was an Old Person of Chili,

Whose conduct was painful and silly,

He sat on the stairs,

Eating apples and pears,

That imprudent Old Person of Chilly.

There was an Old Person whose habits,

Induced him to feed upon Rabbits;

When he eaten eighteen,

He turned perfectly green,

Upon which he relinquished those habits.

There was a Young Lady whose chin,

Resembled the point of a pin,

So she had it made sharp,

And purchased a harp,

And played several tunes with her chin.

Reading of these limericks we have learnt that the 1st & 2nd lines rhyme with the 5th line. The 3rd line has the same rhythm as the 4th line. Lines three & four are shorter than the other lines.

I often use limericks at my lessons, especially, in organization moment/ warm- up/, in class- out activities / at reading competitions, at the week & at the circle of the English language. My students try to compose their own poems.

. Using of Limerick Poems gives such results:

  1. Creating friendly atmosphere at class.
  2. Reading funny poems can’t be bored.
  3. Increasing vocabulary and brushing up pronunciation.
  4. Inspiring motivation for learning   creatively and competitively.
  5. Teaching skills with the dictionary.

Limerick poems can be found in many examples of the poems and poetry. Limerick Poems make speech more effectively, they beautify and emphasize as the art of speaking and writing effectively. Limerick Poems adds adornment, beautifies, colors, elegant variation, emphasis, exclamation, flourish, irony, embellishment, floweriness, lushness to the English language.



In conclusion, I want to say J. Kennedy’s quotation ‘I teach to love, I love to teach… My job is measured by the children I reach. We, teachers, pass the torch of learning to others. My life passes at my school. It’s a great happiness to see wide childish eyes and realize that I could make their lives happier. I try to give them my knowledge and a smile from my heart. In future I shall teach my students to feel confident themselves and keep up with the great changes in the world. Thank for your attention! Thank you for all!