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Fairfield Writers Group is a mix of beginner and experienced writers who meet the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at the Brisbane City Council Library in Fairfield Gardens Shopping Centre, Fairfield road, Fairfield, Queensland. Our passion is writing and we work hard at our craft. Our aim is to encourage, support and help each other to reach new heights in our writing. New members are always made welcome and usually whisked off to the local coffee shop at the end of meetings for sustenance and socialisation with the rest of the crew.

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Friday, September 9, 2011



EXERCISE:  Write three limericks. Each, with three different themes

One sad, one romantic and one own choice.


A limerick represents the lighter side of literature.

It represents the fun part as a joke represents the fun in our life.

Like a joke, it can be sad or emotional whilst still giving a smile.

History suspect that the origin of the limerick lies with a group of Irish soldiers  (from a town called Limerick), that were returning from a battle in France in 1700. In literature  Edward Lear is considered the father of the Limerick.

A limerick is a kind of witty, humorous nonsense poem with a strict rhythm scheme.

It is a five line poem containing a three lines rhymed triplet and a two lines rhymed couplet.

The pattern of the rhymes is a-a-b-b-a, with lines 1, 2, and 5 containing 3 beats and rhyming.

Lines 3 and 4 having 2 beats and rhyming. The cadans of the beats are as important as the rhyming.

The pun of the poem is mostly in line five

Example:    by C Alan Beber

The limerick is fugitive and mean

You must keep her in close quarantine

For she sneaks to the slums

And promptly becomes

Disorderly, drunk and obscene

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