Prompt a Day in May #15
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.
- The person you are writing about should be famous.
- The poem is two rhyming couplets long.
- 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.
- 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:
(8) “A Trump Clerihew”
Donald J Trump
Landed with a thump
Proclaiming, “Build the wall!”
But Congress tries to stall.
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!