from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A humorous verse, usually consisting of two unmatched rhyming couplets, about a person whose name generally serves as one of the rhymes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A rhyme of four lines, usually regarding a person mentioned in the first line.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a witty satiric verse containing two rhymed couplets and mentioning a famous person.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a witty satiric verse containing two rhymed couplets and mentioning a famous person
Paul Griffin describes A Christmas Carol in a clerihew that has as its first quatrain:
Is the leading of fashion. mike replied to comment from clerihew
Note that the Dennis family has moved out of the district on account of pressure brought to bear on their children, mostly in the schools and some of it from teachers and coaches. clerihew replied to comment from Marion Delgado
J.R.R. Tolkien perfectly summed up the critical reaction to his fiction in a clerihew:
But one thing is certain: counting hands is a medieval way to resolve that question, relying more on the concept of ‘might makes right’ than any rationality or logic. clerihew replied to comment from Chip Poirot
I wrote this clerihew about a week ago, but hesitated in posting it.
I was therefore already familiar with the categorical imperative, not least in Auden's rather fine clerihew:
July 10 is Clerihew Day, marking the birth date in 1875 of Edmund Clerihew Bentley, the British writer who invested a four-line rhyming verse, usually biographical in nature and resembling a limerick, that came to be known as a “clerihew.”
Bentley composed the first clerihew about Sir Humphrey Davy, the chemist credited with isolating and naming aluminum.
This blog uses a clerihew of mine about Dorothy Parker.
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