CLERIHEW


A clerihew is 'a humorous pseudo-biographical quatrain, rhymed as two couplets, with lines of uneven length more or less in the rhythm of prose". The name of the subject is usually at the end of the first line (sometimes the second line) and is well known. The humour of the clerihew is whimsical rather than satiric.


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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare's plays
deserve a lot of praise.
He wrote of love and tragedy
in sonnets, verse and poetry.



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Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney
Set his heart free
Linda departed
Heather restarted



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Prime Minister Howard

Prime Minister Howard
Deny's he's a coward
Sorry's not the word
For atrocities that occured.

(Note: In the period 1910 to 1970 between 1 in 3 and 1 in 10 Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their families. The effects of such removal were, for most victims, negative, multiple and profoundly disabling. For those of you not in touch with Australian politics, this clerihew refers to Prime Minister Howards refusal to say the word "sorry" to the "Stolen Generation". He did though, express regret.)


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Samantha Riley

Samantha Riley
Smiles so shyly
But in the water
She'll lead you to slaughter.


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Soulsease (i)

Soulsease
Will always please
He doesn't find it hard
To be a master bard


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Soulsease (ii)

Soulsease
Overseas
Us write our poems in this forum
Leading this great poet quorum


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Just A Mona Lisa (i)

Just A Mona Lisa (i)
A bit like Mother Teresa
Makes the written word
Living so it's heard


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Just A Mona Lisa (ii)

Just a Mona Lisa
Ate a piece of pizza
Musing as she ate a slice
Licked her fingers 'that was nice'


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MysticWings575

MysticWings575
Has lived through heartache but will survive
She's been hurt and felt great pain
In time she'll grow to love again