Interestingly, Edmund and his friends wrote a form of poetry using the following rules:
- Clerihew – a four (4) line biographical poem.
- At the end of the first line it must show the name the celebrity or noteworthy person.
- The poem must follow the rhyme scheme AABB.
- The line length and meter of your poem can be irregular.
Using the same rules, here’s our amusing example:
There’s a band called One Direction,
with moves that show off their rhythm section,
Although some say that their will come a day,
When their warble will whistle away.
Here’s another amusing example:
Edgar Alan Poe
Penned stories that we all know
And every one that he wrote
Seems to end on a gruesome note.
Be mindful of the following points:
- Does your poem sound mean? If so, change the words and make it lighthearted in tone. Your words must show that it’s meant to be playful and fun.
- Make sure that you have two couplets in your poem at the end of each line – AABB.
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- Now it’s your turn to create a four-line biographical poem. Which celebrity or noteworthy person will your Clerihew poem feature?
- What do you think Clerihew poems are about? Educate the reader, create nostalgia, evoke a mood, etc?
Categories: Literary Devices