Edmund Clerihew Bentley is one name that might not strike you as anyone you would particularly recollect, poetically, that is. But that’s because you aren’t yet familiar with this literary genius’ exemplary poetic exploits. Brace your wit and that smirk as you prepare to roll in a whole new world of crackling rhythmic delight!
Clerihew is actually a form and pattern of whimsical poetry, that is named after its creator. A fun and amusing note that inspires laughter and humor, this distinctive form of poetry is guided by a classic set of rules:
- Four lines
- Rhyming couplets of AA, BB
- A person’s name as its first line
- Something to say about that person
And of course this should go without saying that a Clerihew should make you smile, unfailingly, each time you encounter one!
And even while we remain particularly ignorant about this witty, entertaining dose of literary class, every year July 10 is celebrated as the National Clerihew Day!
The first four lined verse, penned as and by a school going Clerihew went thus:
Another one from the master himself-
FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE U.S., NONE CAN ESCAPE THE BACKLASH!
MODERN DAY, TECHY CLERIHEW, MR HERRERA?
A CLERIHEW FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
JUST SIBLING THINGS!