It’s National Clerihew Day today! Cleri-Who, Cleri-What, Cleri-How?!According to the always-resourceful, Wikipedia, “a Clerihew is a whimsical, four-line biographical poem invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley.” The first line of a Clerihew “is the name of the poem’s subject, usually a famous person...”
As listed by Poetry4Kids.com, Clerihews have just a few simple rules:
- They are four lines long.
- The first and second lines rhyme with each other, and the third and fourth lines rhyme with each other.
- The first line names a person, and the second line ends with something that rhymes with the name of the person.
- A clerihew should be funny.
An example of a Clerihew from Poetry4Kids.com:
Our art teacher, Mr. Shaw,
Really knows how to draw.
But his awful paintings
Have caused many faintings.
Here’s our try:
Founder Gwen Jimmere
Says, “Wash day is nothing to fear.
With us, it’s an hour or less,
And you can tattoo that on yo’ chest."
Any poets out there? Give us your best shot about a celeb or your favorite person and leave it in the comment section below.