Limericks are usually short humorous poems, they follow a five line stanza form with a specific rhyming pattern and an AABBA rhyming scheme. This form of poetry was very popular in England in the 18th century. Typically the first line introduces a setting or a person. Limericks were popularized my Edward Leer in the 19th century all though he did not use the term limerick.

Sample Poem

My Foolish Dog
By Kathlene Bouzek

My dog is quite hip
Except when he takes a dip
He looks like a fool
when he jumps in the pool
and reminds me of a sinking ship