Was a dirty old man
Who likened fondling and seduction
To New World exploration
Was a glutton for Stilton
Nightmares from cheese on toast
Resulted in Paradise Lost
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Couldn’t stop frowning
Like many lady Victorians
She was hooked on laudanum
© Kim M. Russell, 2016
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Form For All; the Clerihew
Gayle from Bodhirose’s Blog is our host this evening for Form-For-All/Meeting the Bar and she has invited us to play with humour and couplets in a form called a Clerihew: comic verse on biographical topics consisting of two couplets and a specific rhyming scheme of aabb that was invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley, an English novelist and humorist. The poem deals with a person or character in the first line. In most cases, the first line names a celebrity or well-known person and the second line rhymes with the name of the person.
Here are two of the more popular Clerihew that Bentley wrote as examples:
Sir Humphrey Davy
He lived in the odium
Of having discovered sodium.
Sir Christopher Wren
Said, “I am going to dine with some men.
If anyone calls
Say I am designing St. Paul’s.”