Thursday, December 11, 2008

Poetry Stretch: The Clerihew

Tricia’s Monday Poetry Stretch this week challenges us to write a clerihew. A clerihew is a four-line poem that pokes fun at a famous person. It has a rhyme scheme of AABB. The first line should end with the name of the celebrity.

I have never attempted writing a clerihew before. Here are the three clerihews I wrote this morning:

So naive
In her birthday suit,
Tempted Adam with forbidden fruit.

Sir Isaac Newton—
There’s no refutin’—
With a force of nature had to grapple
When he got conked on the head with a falling apple.

Were deducted, so they say,
Through an interminable series of Q and A.

Click here to read this week’s Poetry Stretch results.


Tricia said...

Love these! I'm particularly fond of the Adam and Eve poem.

Elaine Magliaro said...


I'm glad you like my first attempts at clerihewing.

Linda said...

These are great! I also love the Adam and Eve poem.

Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks, Linda. I think you should join in on the Poetry Stretch this week. You're adept at writing poems in different forms.

Julie said...

These are wonderful, Elaine! I'm particularly fond of Socrates/Analyses - that's a knock-out rhyme.

Unknown said...

Your clerihews are wonderful. They made me laugh...

Oh, I'm a sucker for the word conked:)

Elaine Magliaro said...


I love having a rhyming dictionary at hand when I'm writing poetry. Of course, if you don'tknow phonics, it's not so easy to use.


I think conked is funnier than the word I had originally written in the poem.

Author Amok said...

I love the Eve poem, Elaine. Any mention of "birthday suit" makes me laugh.

Little Willow said...

Very cute.

I know I'm early, but here's my submission for Poetry Friday:

laurasalas said...

Love your Eve poem! I've tried clerihews in the past and had the hardest time with them! I usually like forms, but not this one. So I'm in extra awe of these.

tanita✿davis said...

Ooh, naughty Eve! And the clerihew version of the Socratic method is quite, quite funny. You're very good at this!

Mary Lee said...

Very funny.

When do we get to read one about Sarah Palin? :-) Or maybe she's old news. (Thank goodness...)

Elaine Magliaro said...


It was a challenge for me. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to come up with any clerihews that I could post.

Author Amok, Tadmack, & Mary Lee--

I'm glad you all the the "Eve" clerihew. It's a good thing I found an appropriate word to rhyme with Socrates.

As for Sarah Palin: I had entertained the thought of writing a clerihew about her...but I think I used up all my snide poetics for the three Palinoems I penned and my Joe the Plumber poem. Is Sarah Palin really old news? She keeps "rearing her head" on TV and on political blogs.