Light Verse 1 - The Clerihew

ed rosenthal
December 1, 2014

The Clerihew, like most light verse forms, is an excuse for an intellectual type to be clever. Its thrust is biographical - it begins with the name of a famous person and proceeds, in two rhyming couplets of unequal lengths, to say something comical or satirical about him or her. Here is an example of my own composition:

Robert Frost
Strolled through the woods and found himself lost.
Said he: “Unless I am mistaken,
“I’ve traveled down the Road Not Taken.”

(For those of you who don’t know, The Road Not Taken is the title of one of Frost’s most famous poems.)

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