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.
The day is observed annually on the anniversary of Edmund Clerihew Bentley’s birth, July 10.
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