A clerihew is a short poetic form about a famous person. Clerihews rhyme and consist of four lines.

Clerihew was the middle name of the man who invented the form. Like the haiku, the clerihew is a very short type of poetry with a specific form. A clerihew must have four lines and consist of rhyming couplets. A clerihew should also be about a famous person. If this all sounds serious, it isn't. Like a limerick, a clerihew is usually humorous (though not necessarily dirty, as limericks tend to be). People write clerihews for fun and to amuse.

Definitions of clerihew

n 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
Type of:
rhyme, verse
a piece of poetry

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