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A humorous verse consisting of two rhymed couplets in lines of irregular length, usually about a person whose name serves as one of the rhymes.

[After Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956), British writer.]


(Poetry) a form of comic or satiric verse, consisting of two couplets of metrically irregular lines, containing the name of a well-known person
[C20: named after Edmund Clerihew Bentley, who invented it]


(ˈklɛr əˌhyu)

a verse form in two couplets, usu. lampooning a person named in the first line.
[1925–30; after E. Clerihew Bentley (1875–1956), English writer, its inventor]
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Noun1.clerihew - a witty satiric verse containing two rhymed couplets and mentioning a famous person; "`The president is George W. Bush, Who is happy to sit on his tush, While sending his armies to fight, For anything he thinks is right' is a clerihew"
rhyme, verse - a piece of poetry


nClerihew nt, → witziger Vierzeiler
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So too does the production of Clerihews by and about the Inklings (223-225 and 238-239)--a tradition happily continued by the Mythopoeic Society with the Not Very Annual Mary M.
Paul Ingram; THE LOST CLERIHEWS OF PAUL INGRAM; Ice Cube Press (Nonfiction: Poetry) 19.
THE LOST CLERIHEWS OF PAUL INGRAM, [c] 2014 by Paul Ingram, Illustrations [c] 2014 by Julia Anderson-Miller, Foreword [c] 2014 Elizabeth McCracken, published by Ice Cube Press LLC, 205 N.
AUTHOR Khadim Hussain will be signing copies of his new book CLERIHEWS at Waterstone's in Captain Cook's Square, Middlesbrough, today from 1-3pm.
He infused light verse forms such as limericks, clerihews, and acrostics with his own ribald wit, and he invented a form of his own called the Meta-Four.
In addition to articles published in literary and specialist magazines, Nick has written biographies of Bruce Chatwin, Matthew Arnold, Aldous Huxley, Kafka and others, as well as contributions to the humorous compilation, Other People's Clerihews.
I recently visited its archived Issue 6 and heard Henry Taylor reading from his own clerihews and explaining how he won Virginia Poet Laureate George Garrett's wristwatch in a wager with the poet David Slavitt, who offered the timepiece if Taylor could write a clerihew for each of the twelve apostles.
Several other collections followed, including Clerihews Complete (1951).
KHADIM HUSSAIN, of Middlesbrough (pictured), is the author of a new collection of poems called Clerihews.
In addition to Bentley, Chesterton, and Auden, many other people have written clerihews over the years, some of them poets, some not.
An element of sauciness enters some of the poems as in this complete five line effort: "Sestinas, sonnets, clerihews, / They all take such an effort.
Some of the best clerihews were written by Sir Francis Meynell, W.