Number of Lines in a Limerick

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How many lines are there in a limerick?

5.

As defined by Karl E. Beckson and Arthur F. Ganz in their book “A reader’â„¢s guide to literary terms: a dictionary”, the limerick is a “light verse” composed of five lines with an anapestic meter, having the rhyme scheme aabba. In a limerick, the “a” lines (i.e., the first, second and fifth) are constituted as trimeter, whereas the “b” lines (i.e., the third and fourth) are dimeter.

 

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