Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Let's Write A Clerihew

"What," you may be asking, "is a Clerihew?" Glad you asked. According to Wikipedia,  "A clerihew is a whimsical, four-line biographical poem invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley. The first line is the name of the poem's subject, usually a famous person put in an absurd light. The rhyme scheme is AABB, and the rhymes are often forced."
  1. That's Mr. Bentley in the picture, in case you were wondering. And someone on one of the writers' loops of which I'm a member recently decided it would be fun for each of us to write a clerihew about ourselves. At first, I simply hung back and read what others wrote, but eventually I gave in. Here's what I composed.

    Ol’ Doc Mabry, now a writer,
  2. Tries to make his novels tighter.
  3. Yearns for days, or so he’s heard,
  4. When writers got paid by the word.
  5. Now it's your turn. Leave your clerihew in the comments section, along with your email address (separate it with spaces to foil web crawlers--like this: Dr R L Mabry at yahoo dot com). The author of the best one will have his/her choice among three of my latest novels. I'll choose a winner and post the name in a week.

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8 comments:

Linda Glaz said...

paid by the word hahahahaha

Richard Mabry said...

Linda, as you probably know, there was a time when writers who contributed to magazines like Black Mask were indeed paid by the word. Now, publishers seem to want a given number of words, but want our writing "tight," with no excess verbiage. As it's said in The King And I, "tis a puzzlement.

Patricia Bradley said...

Love your clerihew.

Would leave one,
but my mind is done.
Old Ben, he took my hour,
And now I have no power.



Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, thanks for trying. And for the others who might want to leave one, remember that your name has to be part of the first line. Meanwhile, maybe you and I can last until this fall when we get that hour back.

Ben Man said...

Ben is told that par is a fair golf score
But it seems to him that it should be more
Then old duffers could scream and shout
Instead they just sit around and moan and pout.

Richard Mabry said...

For some reason, Ben Man's clerihew didn't get posted, although I got an email to that effect. It's too good not to share, though--especially since it mentions our shared passion, golf:

Ben is told that par is a fair golf score
But it seems to him that it should be more
Then old duffers could scream and shout
Instead they just sit around and moan and pout.

Bettyjlo said...

Young Miss Longden, once was hired

Now she finds herself retired

A school office was her place

Now grandkids' love lights up her face



Betty Longden

Richard Mabry said...

Betty, thanks for playing. The contest is over, but I appreciate your participation.