Four Clerihews

Here’s what a clerihew is:

A poem 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.


Edmund Clerihew Bentley

wrote wittily and gently

of that giant among men,

Sir Christopher Wren.


Jonathan Swift

had a wonderful gift;

his biting satire

is something to admire.


Did Philip Larkin

ever taste a parkin

or did he think it was dull

to sample it in Hull?


Did Jane Austen decide

that Darcy’s pride

upset Lizzy

and made her feel dizzy?


© Luigi Pagano


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When you set your talent to illustrating a poetic form, Luigi, the result is always a light hearted delight to read. My favorite clerihew is the first, the funniest, the last. I hope your sense of humor never leaves you, my friend. Shy


HaHaHa! A new way to entertain us, well done mate.


Think I was still on another site back then HaHa! Thanks for bringing me up to date


I enjoyed these, Luigi. Have you done Brexit, Heathrow, Trident, etc.? Gerald

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