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
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.