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PostSubject: Clerihew Who?    Sun 06 Apr 2014, 14:56

A clerihew should never be confused with a limerick. According to wikipedia:

A clerihew has the following properties:

It is biographical and usually whimsical, showing the subject from an unusual point of view; it mostly pokes fun at famous people
It has four lines of irregular length and metre (for comic effect)
The rhyme structure is AABB; the subject matter and wording are often humorously contrived in order to achieve a rhyme, including the use of phrases in Latin, French and other non-English languages
The first line contains, and may consist solely of, the subject's name. According to a letter in the Spectator in the 1960s, Bentley said that a true clerihew has to have the name "at the end of the first line", as the whole point was the skill in rhyming awkward names.


Its eponymous originator, Edmund Clerihew Bentley, came up with this famous early prototype:

"Sir Christopher Wren
Said, 'I am going to dine with some men.
If anyone calls
Say I am designing St. Paul's'."

Using these rules and example as your guide can you provide your own? I'll get the ball rolling with ...

"George Dubbleyah Bush
Was once known as a lush
Shi'ite, Sunni and Druze
Wish he'd stayed on the booze"
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Sun 06 Apr 2014, 16:04

Queen Marie Antoinette
Grabbed all the francs that she could get.
So no-one else had any dough
And had to subsist on gateau.
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Sun 06 Apr 2014, 17:27

Richard Rorty
Could be everso naughty;
But he wasn't the joker
Who biffed his mate with a poker.
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Sun 06 Apr 2014, 17:33

Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Had a theory about feeling well
He said "If of good health you dream
It is vital to let off some steam!"
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Sun 06 Apr 2014, 17:43

Richard Plantaganet
Was in a bit of a set
When he called for a horse
Only to lose it all in due course.

or

Richard the Third
Was a bit of a turd
Two little boys knew so
Much to their woe.


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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Sun 06 Apr 2014, 17:48

Queen Elizabeth, the first of that name
Was partial to sweetmeats now and again.
Suckets, marchpane ... a glass of sack,
And that is why her teeth were black.
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Sun 06 Apr 2014, 17:50

Aristotle
Often wanted to throttle
Alexander the Great
That little bolshie lightweight.
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Sun 06 Apr 2014, 17:52

Very good Temp  Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Sun 06 Apr 2014, 18:05

Henry Tudor
Longed to be ruder;
But sadly his mum
Kept him well under the thumb.


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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Sun 06 Apr 2014, 18:10

Charles the First
Had a thirst
For power.
But now it's o'er.
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Sun 06 Apr 2014, 18:51

Catherine the Great
Craved a soul mate.
She had a cat, dogs ... and a beloved horse.
(But we don't mention that of course).
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Sun 06 Apr 2014, 18:53

MM - you have already been sent to the naughty pillar once this week.
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Sun 06 Apr 2014, 18:55

Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Mon 07 Apr 2014, 03:36

His Enormousness
Was once in a mess
And endured much flack
When stuck in the catflap
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Mon 07 Apr 2014, 07:35

Fanny Brawne
Took Keats' heart by storm.
Such a cutie in her bonnet,
He just had to put her in a sonnet.


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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Mon 07 Apr 2014, 07:51

Mary Fitton
Was a Tudor sex kitten.
She gave Will a good time
And so got put in a rhyme.


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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Mon 07 Apr 2014, 08:41

Charles Darwin
Committed a sin
Saying one could see
Mankind came from a chimpanzee.
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Mon 07 Apr 2014, 09:03

His Highness Prince Albert of York
Didn't often like to t t t talk,
Or say what he r r r really meant,
B b b b because of his speech impediment.
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Mon 07 Apr 2014, 09:20

King Louis Quatorzième
Favoured "Sun" as his petit surnom
And remarked to all who might care
"Elle brillait plus de mon derriere!"
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Mon 07 Apr 2014, 09:27

Richard, Duke of Gloucester
Had a notion he'd like to foster
He tried it for a spell
But it didn't end so well
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Mon 07 Apr 2014, 09:46

French king Louis, the sixteen
Had a date with madame Guillotine.
He just wanted a shave and a number 1 crop,
But ended up with the full head chop.
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Mon 07 Apr 2014, 09:47

Julius Caesar
Such a big-headed geezer
Vain, but not weedy
He's got a huge page on Wiki.

(Bit tortured, will probably revise later.)
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Mon 07 Apr 2014, 09:58

Queen Cleopatra, a Ptolemy,
Had a fling with Marcus Anthony.
He loved her till she took her last gasp
Bitten by a poisonous asp.
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Mon 07 Apr 2014, 10:17

Mickey Rooney
Died too soon, he
Played adolescents
Till he was thirty seven
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Mon 07 Apr 2014, 10:36

Edward the second was a rum bugger,
Not a man for rough sports like rugger.
Preferred guys to girls - causing much strife,
So he was done in by Isabella his wife.


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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Mon 07 Apr 2014, 11:09

The emperor Elagabalus,
Thought himself especially gallus,
When he cracked open a flagon
To toast his whores drawn wagon.
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Mon 07 Apr 2014, 12:04

Plato:
Way too
Clever.
As ever.


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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Mon 07 Apr 2014, 12:12

René Descartes
Would not have liked Sartre
And his silly insistence
On there being no existence
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Mon 07 Apr 2014, 12:25

General George Armstrong Custer
Called his troopers to muster
He thought he was good
But in trial by battle was Siouxed
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Mon 07 Apr 2014, 12:34

Emperor Frederick Barbarossa,
In full armour tried to cross a
River. His horse slipped on the wet ground.
Frederick drowned.
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Mon 07 Apr 2014, 16:38

Marie de Guise
Thought it an excellent wheeze
To shout out: "He's poxed!"
At an embarrassed John Knox.


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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Mon 07 Apr 2014, 19:38

Jules Ceasar beat Vercingetorix
By using rather better tricks.
'Cos 'in testudo' Roman cohorts
Could take o'er Gallic hill forts.
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Mon 07 Apr 2014, 20:35

Saul of Tarsus,
Fell on his arsus,
And thought "It's official,
I must change my initial".
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Mon 07 Apr 2014, 22:43

Marie Curie
Of molecular fury
Set aside her isotope
To give Pierre a loving grope
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Mon 07 Apr 2014, 23:22

Little Prince George
With his parents came to forge
A trip to NZ,
Where he was feted, fawned on and fed.
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Tue 08 Apr 2014, 04:59

Mark Antony
Just couldn't see
That by cavorting with the Queen
Octavius would vent his spleen
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Tue 08 Apr 2014, 07:10

Henry, Lord Bolingbroke,
Not the king, but another bloke,
Was a Tory grandee of remarkable wit
Whose enemies, alas, called a bit of a sh*t.

(MM, I'm sending myself to the N.P. now for using a vulgar word - see I'm firm but fair.)
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Tue 08 Apr 2014, 11:42

Anthony Blair
Showed his Christian flair
When he donned some khakis
And murdered Iraqis
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Tue 08 Apr 2014, 13:38

I've just learnt a new word. The following is not, by the way, an attempt at a Clerihew, just an idle rhyme:

I was trying to do
A Clerihew
For that dreadful man Dawkins
And came across mawkin.

But it doesn't work - although I suppose you could work in the plural, mawkins, somehow.


mawkin (ˈmɔːkɪn)
n
1.  (Animals) a variant of malkin

2.
a. a slovenly woman

b. a scarecrow


(Sorry for interrupting the flow. Feel free to delete if irritation is worse than usual.  Smile )
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Tue 08 Apr 2014, 15:20

Regarding Professor Dawkins'
Interminable squawkings
It is best to be Christian and meek
And display an alternative cheek
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Tue 08 Apr 2014, 15:25

Squawkings/Dawkins - oh why didn't I think of that?

Thank you, Your Enormousness - you have a generous spirit (sometimes  Smile ).
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Tue 08 Apr 2014, 15:58

Christopher Hitchens
Despite all his bitchings
While permanently pissed
Is now sorely missed
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Tue 08 Apr 2014, 16:04

Professor David Starkey
Made this history malarkey
So easy and cool
For us all - wise man or fool.


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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Tue 08 Apr 2014, 19:16

Away win William
At Hastings pastings
With penalty kicks
  It was   10-66
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Tue 08 Apr 2014, 19:55

Lucius Cornelius Sulla
Had a craving for moola
He proscribed the aristocracy
And spiked their heads for all to see
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Wed 09 Apr 2014, 04:32

Gaius Julius Caesar
Was a very important geezer
Thought he could rival Zeus
In his fancy red boots.
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Wed 09 Apr 2014, 10:23

Old Ma Carole Middleton
Star gran metropolitan
Can't help feeling smuggy
She's got a Prince in that buggy!
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Wed 09 Apr 2014, 10:29

Poor Nero Germanicus
Is now thought to be tyrannicus
Thanks to many an old codex
By scriptoræ somewhat mendax
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Wed 09 Apr 2014, 11:11

They said George the Third
Was a batty old bird
But what's really the harm in
A king who loves farmin'?
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PostSubject: Re: Clerihew Who?    Wed 09 Apr 2014, 11:27

As for the outrageous Caligula
Regina dramatica maxima
He honoured his horse
A real tour de force!
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