Nikki Tate
May 15 · 2 min read

Prompt a Day in May #15

Ernest Hemingway [Source]

Ernest Hemingway

Banged words out all day.

Said it helped him to think

if he poured a stiff drink. [NT]

The Clerihew is a whimsical, short poem that pokes gentle fun at a historical or literary figure. Invented by the newspaper columnist, E. C. Bentley, the form has the following rules.

  1. The person you are writing about should be famous.
  2. The poem is two rhyming couplets long.
  3. The first line must include the subject’s name. In mine about Hemingway, I only used his name, but feel free to add something more about the identity of the person prior to the name. For example, I could have said, Wordsmith, Ernest Hemingway.
  4. Generally, a Clerihew is light and humorous (but not mean).

For more information about Clerihews, here’s the Wikipedia entry.

Here are a few examples from other Medium writers:

If you’ve never written a Clerihew, give it a go. Post your results in the comments below (or, on Medium and then link back to this post).

Until tomorrow, happy writing!

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