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Educate Me with Humor - Leader Clerihew

Contest Judged:  2/3/2019 2:22:00 PM
Sponsored by: Andrea Dietrich | Send Soup Mail
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 PlacePoemTitlePoet
Contest Winner Medal 1 Henry VIII Geoffrey Brewer
Contest Winner Medal 1 Forgotten Feminist Michelle Faulkner
Contest Winner Medal 2 First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt Sara Kendrick
Contest Winner Medal 2 What the Wit Wanted Carolyn Devonshire
Contest Winner Medal 2 Aneurin Bevan Seren Roberts
Contest Winner Medal 2 Presidential 'Foodie' Gershon Wolf
Contest Winner Medal 2 Joan of Arc Joseph May
Contest Winner Medal 2 Our Portliest President Ed Morris
Contest Winner Medal 2 FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT Alexis Y.
Contest Winner Medal 2 MARGARET THATCHER - THE 'IRON LADY' JAN ALLISON
Contest Winner Medal 2 King Henry Number Eight Janice Canerdy
Contest Winner Medal 2 Victoria jack horne
Contest Winner Medal 3 THE LATE HUMOROUS MANDELA JENNIFER PROXENOS
Contest Winner Medal 3 Clerihew - Pierre Elliot Trudeau Dear Heart
Contest Winner Medal 3 ADOLF HITLER nette onclaud
Contest Winner Medal 3 Davey Crockett Larry Bradfield
Contest Winner Medal 3 John Quincy Adams Sandra Haight
Contest Winner Medal 3 Salt March Sathya Babu
Contest Winner Medal 3 Carrie Nation's Temperance Crusade Robert L. Hinshaw
Contest Winner Medal 3 Dinner at the White House Janis Thompson
4 An Eyebrow-raising Key to Electricity Bartholomew Williams
4 Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi Gregory R Barden
4 NATIONAL HERO Beata Agustin
4 Last Pharaoh of Egypt CayCay Jennings
4 Bob Dylan Edward Ibeh
4 KEVIN MICHAEL RUDD - Prime Minister Martin Brown
4 SIR WINSTON LEONARD SPENCER-CHURCHILL LEADER CLERIHEW Ann Gilmour
4 The caring Nightingale Wendy Watson
4 Unpretensious Joyce Johnson
5 Bahadur Shah Zafar Eve Roper
5 The Dragon's Fire Subimal Sinha-Roy
5 Rosa Parks Tania Kitchin
5 Effigy charles messina

Contest Description

What to Submit? A well written clerihew per rules shown below

In honor of MLK DAy and also President Day, coming up Feb. 18 in the USA, I want to see poets write ONE clerihew specifically on a leader or a freedom fighter (human or civil rights, etc.) not currently living. This could include leaders from ancient times as well as more modern. IMPORTANT RULE: It  can't be about Washington, Lincoln, or Martin Luther King because I already know a lot about those three. I want to learn about an important leader, ruler, or figher of freedom from YOUR country (though any other country's dead leader or freedom fighter you choose is acceptable). Choose someone interesting! Educate me in humorous clerihew fashion! My Iowa home girl, Caren Krutsinger, will be co-judging with me and to honor her wishes for no bad feelings due to our current political climate, that is the reason for the rules to not write about currently living leaders. 

I like to think of my contests more as "challenges." Write a decent clerihew with good spelling and correct adherance to my above rules and to cleirhew form (see rules on form below), one which both Caren and I enjoy, and we will place it. Do not be too wordy. Don't make things up. Tell us real things about your subject, and for heaven sakes, try to be FUNNY! 

Here is the rule for clerihew, as shown at Wikipedia:

clerihew (/ˈklɛrɪhj/) is a whimsical, four-line biographical poem invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley. The first line is the name of the poem's subject, usually a famous person put in an absurd light, or revealing something unknown or spurious about them. The rhyme scheme is AABB, and the rhymes are often forced. The line length and metre are irregular. Bentley invented the clerihew in school and then popularized it in books. One of his best known is this (1905):

Sir Christopher Wren
Said, "I am going to dine with some men.
If anyone calls
Say I am designing St. Paul's."[1]

Multiple placement! No prize, just glory!

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English Language

Poems should be in English. Poems translated from other languages are not eligible, unless you wrote both the original poem and the translation.

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