Friday, April 28, 2017

Day 28 ~ How to Write a “Clerihew Poem” for “30 Poems in 30 Days” #NationalPoetryMonth


Let's have some FUN ~ ever heard of a Clerihew Poem? 

Well, they are FUNNY POEMS ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW (Or not. You can write a clerihew poem about anyone ~ BUT, they ARE intended to be FUNNY 4-line poems about specific people).

A clerihew is a RHYMING poem that is four lines long, but no set beat or number of syllables to worry about.

The Clerihew poem takes its name from its creator, Edmund Clerihew Bentley, 20th century humorist and novelist.

It's a fun little poem about a PERSON, generally someone famous OR you can make it about someone you know. Often whimsical, it's meant to be funny (not rude-funny, but cute-funny).

Here’s what you do:

FOUR lines:

The FIRST line NAMES the person

* AND the endings of lines 1 and 2 need to rhyme with each other.

Then tell something fun about them and make the last line funny

* AND the endings of lines 3 and 4 need to rhyme with each other.


Remember, a clerihew poem is meant to be humorous.
My sweet, good husband works hard and plays hard and then crashes on the couch – we have DOZENS of photos of him asleep. I wrote this clerihew poem a few years ago, but I still love it and so I’ll share it as my example.




                          They say Jim Abney is one of the good ol’ boys,
                          To make him happy, just share your toys.
                          He likes to wrestle, laugh and leap,
                          But by afternoon, he falls asleep!
                                                  © 2011 Stephanie Abney

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3 comments:

Vicki said...

Day 28-Clerihew

We have a brother who's name is Jamie
The youngest leaf on our Family Tree
But when we were little, he was confused
So Gicki and de udder Gicki were what he used

Peggy Barker said...

Hazel Terry
Was very merry
She found joy everyday
Especially when eating a Payday

Nurse Marie Alane
Your aches and pains she can explain
She tells you just what to do
When you come down with the flu.

My brother John
Sometimes works until the dawn
Creating paintings and works of art
All because beauty is in his heart

Heidi Murphy said...

Here's my Clerihew poem. It's about my son, who we've long called Bitsy. https://murph4slaw.blogspot.com/2017/04/clarihew-poem-bitsy-boy-national-poetry.html
Slainte!