The clerihew is an English poetic form invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley. It has the following guidelines:
- Quatrain (or four-line) poem (or stanzas).
- Rhyme scheme: aabb
- First line is a person's full name.
- The final three lines sum up the person named in the first line (usually humorous).
- Each of the rhyming lines are of different lengths.
Play with poetic forms!
Poetic forms are fun poetic games, and this digital guide collects more than 100 poetic forms, including more established poetic forms (like sestinas and sonnets) and newer invented forms (like golden shovels and fibs).
Here’s my attempt at a clerihew:
Bright Eyes, by Robert Lee Brewer
Robert Lee Brewer
was an honesty eschewer
who found his truths were mistaken
for hearts he was a-breakin'.