A clerihew is a funny and four-line biographical poetry invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley. It is not that easy to write a whole biography in four-line, but several poets out there do this brilliantly. To celebrate their poetry and creation the day is celebrated on July 10 of every year. Let’s see more about Clerihew day, its history, and how it celebrated in the upcoming article.
History of Clerihew Day
The day is celebrated every year on July 10th, the birthday anniversary of Edmund Clerihew Bentley. He is the creator of this form of poetry and also a master of it. Here is one of his popular works done in 1905
Sir Christopher Wren
Said, “I am going to dine with some men.
If anyone calls
Say I am designing St. Paul’s.”– Bentley
How to Celebrate the Day
The day is celebrated popularly by poet and poetry institutions around the world annually. On this day, you can also learn to write Clerihew poetry. But before writing one you should know the rule of Clerihew poems like
- It should have only four lines.
- The poem should be a rhyming structure of AA/BB.
- The fireline of the Poem must include a person name (mostly pokes fun at famous people)
- Then write something about that person from an unusual point of view.
- It should be whimsical which doesn’t mean Clerihews are not satirical or abusive.
You can also share about the day on a social media platform like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. with your own Clerihew poem or by citing some popular poet’s poem along with the hashtag #ClerihewDay.
Some of the famous Clerihew Poems
Sir Humphry Davy– Bentely
He lived in the odium
Of having discovered sodium.
George the Third– Bentley
Ought never to have occurred.
One can only wonder
At so grotesque a blunder.
John Stuart Mill,– Bentley
By a mighty effort of will,
Overcame his natural bonhomie
And wrote Principles of Political Economy.
Sir Henry Rider Haggard– W. H. Auden
Was completely staggered
When his bride-to-be
Announced, “I am She!”
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