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Lesson 12: Limerick: Nantucket

by Anonymous

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Nantucket Lighthouse

There once was a man from Nantucket

Who kept all his cash in a bucket.

But his daughter, named Nan,

Ran away with a man

And as for the bucket, Nantucket.

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Lesson 12: Limerick: Nantucket

by Anonymous


Study the poem for one week.

Over the week:

  • Read the poem each day.
  • Review the synopsis.
  • Read about the poetic form.
  • Complete the enrichment activities.


In the classic limerick "Nantucket," the anonymous author describes a Nantucket man whose daughter ran away, taking his cash-filled bucket with her.


Poems often adhere to specific poetic forms, defined as 'poems following distinct sets of rules.'

The nine poetic forms we'll study include the:

  1. Sijo: A lyrical Korean poetic form of three long lines.
  2. Haiku: A Japanese poem of three lines and a total of seventeen syllables.
  3. Limerick: A humorous poem of five lines and the rhyming scheme AABBA, typically having syllables of 9–9–6–6–9.
  4. Sonnet
  5. Epitaph
  6. Acrostic
  7. Visual
  8. Ode
  9. Blank Verse

Traditional limericks follow the listed rules:

  1. Consist of five (5) lines
  2. The first, second, and fifth lines rhyme, containing 7-10 syllables
  3. The third and fourth lines rhyme, containing 5-7 syllables
  4. Typically use humor or rudeness to evoke a reaction from the reader
  5. Follow the AABBA rhyme scheme.


Activity 1: Recite the Poem Title, Poet Name, and Poem

  • Each day this week, recite aloud the title of the poem, the name of the poet, and the poem.

Activity 2: Study the Poem Picture

Study the poem picture and describe how it relates to the poem.

Activity 3: Narrate the Poem

  • After reading the poem, narrate the poem events aloud using your own words.

Activity 4: Map the Poem

  • The limerick originated in early 18th century England.
  • Study the map and find England (UK). Which channel passes to the south of the UK, separating it from France?

Activity 5: Complete Book Activities   

  • Click the crayon above, and complete page 15 of 'Elementary Poetry 6: Poetic Forms.'


  1. 'Limerick.' Wikipedia. Wikipedia.org. n.p.