The Clerihew is named in honour of its inventor, Edmund Clerihew Bentley.
It is a humorous pseudo-biographical quatrain, rhymed as two couplets, with lines of uneven length more or less in the rhythm of prose.
The name of the subject is usually in the first line (sometimes the second line). The humour of the clerihew is whimsical rather than satiric. It is short and pithy, and often contains or implies a moral reflection of some kind.
Here are two of my favourites:
Said Des Cartes "I extol
Myself because I have a soul
And beasts do not." Of course
He had to put Des Cartes before the horse.
Said Sir Christopher Wren
"I'm going to dine with some men,
If anyone calls,
Just say I'm designing St Pauls."
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