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Writing humorous poems can be a challenge. Try a few simple forms of poetry to get started.
When writing humor, there’s no doubt, you need wit to be witty. In fiction, you have time to build-up to the humor, but when you pen a poem, in a lot of cases, the lines need to pack a punch fast. With a little practice and easy poetry forms, you can be on your way to writing a witty poem.
The Limerick is probably the number one choice to use to get started. It was made popular by Edward Lear who was not only an artist, a musician, and an illustrator, but also a writer of funny poetry. He penned The Book of Nonsense in 1846, which is full of Limericks. He actually is the one who put this poetry form on the map. His book if full of Limericks and it has helped him amass nine million dollars. If you get a chance, check out his Limericks for inspiration.
( The Book of Nonsense )
Usually this nonsense poetry form is perfect for a laugh. It has five lines with lines 1, 2, and 5 using nine syllables and they rhyme. Lines 3 and 4 have six syllables and rhyme. Use the last line as a punchline for the biggest laugh.
This is a Russian form of poetry and their equivalent to the Limerick. It’s not a popular form, but it’s a good one to flex your humorous funny bone!
It consists of four lines and it always rhymes. It can have different rhyming structures of ABAB, AABB, and in some instances even an ABCA.
This form was invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956). Bored one day in chemistry class, he wrote it for fun, and it took fifteen years before any of them were published. It’s usually a witty anecdote and pokes fun about a famous person. According to Bentley, a true clerihew will have the famous person’s name at the end of the first line, and the fun challenge is to rhyme any awkward names.
A clerihew has four lines and consists of rhyming couplets. The specific rhyming scheme is AABB.
One Star Poetry (SLAM):
This type of poem is badly written on purpose. Pick a funny theme and run with it. The result produces a humorous poem that will have readers laughing out loud. Don’t forget to rate it as a one star!
Rhyme, or don’t rhyme. No syllable counts.
Give humorous poetry a try! It’s another way to expand your literary horizons. It worked out for Edward Lear and Edmund Clerihew Bentley. They used their wit to write witty poems and are famous for it. Makes you wonder if anyone has written a funny clerihew about Bentley. There would be one obstacle to jump over, though. What rhymes with Bentley? There’s a challenge for you, but that’s part of the fun about writing humorous poetry. Now, go write a funny poem, then write a couple hundred more. Publish them all in one book and before you know it, you'll be the one laughing all the way to buying your new yacht, house, and sharing the wealth with your WdC friends. Especially, with the one who gave you the idea. Just sayin'!
A Chastushka :
1-Star Poetry (SLAM)
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