Some Fun With Clerihews

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub:  “Form For All; The Clerihew” (posted by Bodhirose)
Today we’re going to play with humor and couplets and the form I’m presenting is called a Clerihew. A Clerihew is a comic verse on biographical topics consisting of two couplets and a specific rhyming scheme of aabb that was invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956) at the age of 16.

The poem deals with a person or character on the first line.  In most cases, the first line names a celebrity or well-known person and the second line rhymes with the name of the person.

Scarlett O’Hara
Resided at Tara
Rhett Butler, fed up
Chose elsewhere to sup.


White Rabbit
was late as was his habit
He was followed by Alice
Who bore him no malice.


Bugs Bunny
Clever and funny
founds ways to best
Elmer Fudd with zest.


Stephen King
writes tales that cling
like fingers of ice
though never concise

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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20 Responses to Some Fun With Clerihews

  1. All are outstanding Sara!. Though Rhett could have had more patience!


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  2. Good ones, brevity works fine for you,

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  3. I particularly enjoyed the Stephen King Clerihew!

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  4. Sabio Lantz says:

    Really well done — all of them. I liked the cartoon stuff especially!

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  5. lillian says:

    Fun takes on the prompts. Oh I have enjoyed my morning reading today! Especially like the Scarlet Ohara one! 🙂

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  6. These are all very fun!


  7. These are some of the best ones I’ve read for the dVerse prompt. Great choices of subjects.

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  8. Bodhirose says:

    These are great, Sara…enjoyed them all and liked your choices. Really fun…thanks for joining in!


  9. These are so very good. Great choices of characters.


  10. Bryan Ens says:

    Especially loved the bus bunny and white rabbit ones.

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  11. Amrit Sinha says:

    My favourite stories …. loved it 🙂

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