16th-century illustration of Archimedes in the tub
The clerihew is a sort of epigrammatic verse (normally) consisting of a pair of rhyming couplets. The first line will often introduce the identify of a famous individual. The next three strains will describe some “fact” about that individual which can include a grain of fact or might merely be completely outrageous. The verse type is known as after its inventor Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956). The strains to be of uneven length and sometimes the primary rhyme might be a humorous one off of the topic’s identify.
Stored in his mitre a hoopoe,
However few zulus knew the ensuing to-do
Was because of the cuckoo that flew up his tutu.
Queen Victoria stated “We are not amused”
When mildly accused of being confused.
“We are a queen and therefore excused being lax
With some aspects of pronominal syntax.”
Archimedes of Syracuse,
In his tub he changed a fuse,
And noticed that a saline answer
Helped speed up electrocution.
Thought it quite a droll wheeze
To leap into Etna’s crater.
Nonetheless lacking three thousand years later,
Invoking a way of unease.
Sir Leslie Stephen
Discovered the Alps so uneven
He renamed the Matterhorn
The Should-Be-A lot-Flatterhorn.
Knew his mind cells have been scant
When he started the silly season
Together with his light-weight “Critique of Pure Reason”.
Peter Hartley is a retired portray restorer. He was born in Liverpool and lives in Manchester, UK.