Poetic Forms: 4. Clerihew

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4. Clerihew

The Clerihew
By Llinos

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."

This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.

Story Information

Author: fileg

Status: General

Completion: Work in Progress

Era: Other

Genre: Research Article

Rating: General

Last Updated: 02/01/04

Original Post: 06/12/03

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