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THE CLERIHEW

Clerihew
A form of poetry known by few.
Upon hearing the word for the first time,
I looked up and queried, Clara Who?




A Clerihew is a very specific form of humorous verse typically with the following propeties:
It is biographical and usually whicmsical showing the subject from an unusal point of view;
but hardly ever satirical, abusive or obscene.
It has four lines of irregular length for comic effect.
The first line consists solely or almost solely of a well known person's name.
The above is not a good example because as you can see it is not about a person but the poem form itself. It's just something that went around in my head so I wrote it.
As usual for me I had to leave the beaten path.
Be kind.


Judy Ball
A struggling, obscure poet,
Wrote verse because she enjoyed it,
But form, she seldom employed it.

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  1. Date: 1/28/2012 3:11:00 PM
    The second one was much better.

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 1/28/2012 4:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks John. Glad you liked it. God Bless, JB
  1. Date: 1/28/2012 2:06:00 PM
    I mean't enjoyed this one indeed...)

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 1/28/2012 2:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Joe. God Bless, JB
  1. Date: 1/28/2012 2:04:00 PM
    Enjoyed this indeed one Judy...!

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 1/28/2012 2:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Joe. God Bless, JB ;)
  1. Date: 1/28/2012 1:33:00 PM
    LOL, both clerihews are great fun, Judy

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 1/28/2012 2:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Jack. Glad you had fun with them. They were fun to do. God Bless, JB
  1. Date: 1/28/2012 7:41:00 AM
    I have to say Judy..That`s about how I felt when I saw this form.Im still not sure if Im doing it right.Clare Who..haha,Im smiling from ear to ear.Loved your clerihew Judy,very original:)

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 1/28/2012 1:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Arild. Glad you got a giggle from it. God Bless, JB
  1. Date: 1/27/2012 9:12:00 PM
    Judy, this is really cute!!! One little thing. I've noticed the rhyme is usually aabb. I don't know if that is a thing written in stone, but if not, I rather like the way you vary the scheme in your clerihew poems. Write on!!

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 1/27/2012 9:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Andrea, Glad you liked it. God Bless, JB