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Clerihew For Me And You

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A schoolboy called Edmund Clerihew
Bentley, as known to a very few
Lovers of English, began a century ago the fad of biography
In four lines and two rhymes, a sort of verse photography.

If asked why we ignore the surname Bentley,
I would reply ignorantly or innocently,
That what young Edmund innovated was levity
In finding rhymes to fit the four-line brevity.
- - - - - - - October 2015,
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Friday, October 23, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: light poetry
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
Indians who like this genre of comic or gnomic verse, could try to
compose clerihews on famous people in our history and myths.
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COMMENTS
Edward Kofi Louis 06 June 2016
Brevity! ! With the muse of life. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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A. Madhavan 06 June 2016
Thanks for your commendation. You emboldened me to post the verse on FaceBook. AM
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Valsa George 29 October 2015
The man Bentley and the innovative verse he formulated are totally unknown to many of us! Remembering him, the verse biography on Stuart Mill that you wrote in four lines and two rhymes is indeed praise worthy! Thank you for sharing with us this new form of verse!
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A. Madhavan 30 October 2015
Dear Poet Valsa, I feel elated when you like something I wrote, since you are a creative author. This Clerihew form is at least a century old, the limerick is older. I find that rhyming is rather similar to being aware of puns, said to be an inferior form of wit, and yet popular with many ordinary folk. This may be partly due to the phonetic kinship merging with some satire or hint of criticism. I tried it in my recent verse about the Indo-English word, 'time-pass', which conveys a different shade of meaning from 'pastime'. All the best to you. Madhavan
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Kelly Kurt 28 October 2015
Very well done, Ananta. I have never heard of this before but I like it. Thanks
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A. Madhavan 28 October 2015
Thank you very sincerely, Poet Kelly Kurt, Such commendation from a long-standing and well-read Member is indeed a boost to me, advanced in years if not in literary merit or achievement. I think we could pep up some light verse in our contributions, suitable to the context.. Best wishes, A. Madhavan
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Roseann Shawiak 24 October 2015
Wow! Had never heard of clerihew before, it's very entertaining, I like it! Thank you for sharing these two poems, I will see if I can write some. It is totally new to me, but I will see what comes of it. Thank you for sharing. RoseAnn
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