Clerihew Day

July 10 is Clerihew Day!

This holiday celebrates Edmund Clerihew Bentley, author and journalist, best known for developing a type of poetry verse called (what else?) the clerihew.

A clerihew is a four lined poem that consists of two rhyming couplets which follow the AABB rhyming scheme. This style of poetry most often features biographical context with a humorous twist. Here is one of Bentley’s most famous clerihews:

Sir Humphrey Davy

Abominated gravy.

He lived in the odium

Of having discovered Sodium.

Celebrate Clerihew Day by attempting one of your own!

Sources: BBC America, Word Daze

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