NATIONAL CLERIHEW DAY – July 10th 2016


National Clerihew Day - July 10

NATIONAL CLERIHEW DAY

July 10 of each year celebrates National Clerihew Day in the United States.  Edmund Clerihew Bentley created the whimsical, four-line biographical poem.

An English novelist and humorist, Edmund Clerihew Bentley (July 10, 1875 – March 30, 1956), was a 16-year-old student when he thought up the lines for his first ever clerihew.

Sir Humphry Davy
Abominated gravy.
He lived in the odium

Of having discovered sodium.

As with most poetry, the Clerihew is defined by a set of rules.  It must contain four lines, rhyming couplets of AA/BB, a person’s name in the first line, say something about that person and it should be humorous.  It is meant to be a funny poem, of course.

HOW TO OBSERVE

On National Clerihew Day, try writing a clerihew or two of your own! Post on social media using #NationalClerihewDay.

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