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Discovering Poetry Styles: The Clerihew

The Clerihew poem reminds me of some sort of stand up comedy routine; always of a comic nature, and always with a "punch line" so to speak. It's a verse, which consists of four lines in the concrete rhyme scheme pattern of aabb. Invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley, (the popular English novelist of such works as "Trent's Last Case"in 1913) this humorist also wrote his first collection of poetry in 1905. The first line will always describe the person; lines 2-4 gives a humorous take on that person. The Clerihew is not satirical in nature, or is an offensive type of humor; the humor is light and silly while the person in the poem is often famous-but doesn't have to be.


Sir Humphrey Davy
Abominated gravy.
He lived in the odium
Of having discovered sodium.
~E.C. Bentley

Prompt: Visit a celebrity or entertainment blog or website and pick a headliner's article. Use that name to develop a series of clerihews, poking silly fun at that person with a central theme-such as a parody of being "too rich" or "first world problems" so to speak.


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