Dared to use “rankle” in a poem…so here is the limerick:
There once was a dragon named Rankle
He slipped and fell on his ankle
He racked his brain
No longer was sane
And no longer was he tranquil
Limerick: A poetic form that is comical and often nonsensical. Composed of five lines. Typically the first, second and
fifth lines rhyme with each other, while the third and fourth lines rhyme with each other. A limerick follows an anapestic rhythm.
A popular form in children’s verse, the limerick is often comical, nonsensical, and sometimes even lewd. The form is well known to generations of English-speaking readers, by way of Mother Goose nursery rhymes, first published in 1791. Composed of five lines, the limerick adheres to a strict rhyme scheme and bouncy rhythm, making it easy to memorize.
Typically, the first two lines rhyme with each other, the third and fourth rhyme together, and the fifth line either repeats the first line or rhymes with it. The limerick’s anapestic rhythm is created by an accentual pattern that contains many sets of double weakly-stressed syllables. The pattern can be illustrated with dashes denoting weak syllables, and back-slashes for stresses:
1) – / – – / – – /
2) – / – – / – – /
3) – / – – /
4) – / – – /
5) – / – – / – – /