Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Day 21 ~ “Clerihew Poem” for “30 Poems in 30 Days” #NationalPoetryMonth

Day 21 ~ “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 WELL-KNOWN PEOPLE or about PEOPLE YOU KNOW (Or not. You can write a clerihew poem about anyone ~ BUT, they ARE ALWAYS about SPECIFIC PEOPLE and intended to be FUNNY 4-line poems).

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

A clerihew is a RHYMING poem (the ending of lines 1 and 2 should rhyme with each other and the ending of lines 3 and 4 should rhyme with each other).

Other than that, there are no set beats or syllables to worry about.

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 or crude funny, but cute funny).

Here’s what you do:

FOUR lines:
(If you wish to use a Title then it is to be the person’s name)

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.

Here is an example by the creator of this poetic form:

The younger Van Eyck
Was christened Jan, and not Mike.
The thought of this curious mistake
Often kept him awake.
                   ~ By Edmund Clerihew Bently

I have read a bunch of Clerihew poems by Bentley (the guy who invented the form) and his always have the person’s name being the last word of the first line), but apparently, that’s not an actual requirement, so here are two examples from previous years – one from me about my husband, Jim, and I don’t use his name at the very end of the first line (but it IS IN the first line) and one by Deborah Royal about her husband, Bill, and she DOES put his name at the end of the first line – so, do whatever works for you:

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

I married a man named Royal.
I have found him to be quite loyal.
He is the greatest catch I have seen.
Treats me like a real queen!
                                  © 2015 Deborah Royal

PLEASE REMEMBER ~ any poetry found on this blog, written by me, is my personal property and may not be used without my permission, other than sharing it as an example in a lesson or to read it to someone. The same goes for any poems that are shared in the comments of this blog or elsewhere online as a result of this challenge. They are the creative property of the person who writes them. These poems are their original work and no one may use them without their permission. It is understood that they own the copyright to them as soon as they post them. Thanks so much!

Also, if you choose to post your poems on your own blog ~ that’s awesome. But PLEASE don’t just copy and paste my daily instructions, but rather post your poem on your blog or you FB wall or wherever AND LINK BACK TO THIS BLOG POST for others to come here to read the instructions. I’ve spent considerable time researching the poetry forms and writing them up to share with you. Thanks for respecting my work.


Heidi L. Murphy said...

Here's my Clerihew of the day:


My husband Randy is quite handy.
He fixes things and that’s quite dandy.
The fence, the fridge, the car, the house,
And treats very well his happy spouse.