A humorous verse consisting of two rhymed couplets in lines of irregular length, usually about a person whose name serves as one of the rhymes.
A humorous, quasi-biographical poem made up of two rhymed couplets with lines of varying length and meter.
A rhyme of four lines, usually regarding a person mentioned in the first line.
The clerihew, as you can see,
Is shorter than it ought to be,
With just four lines I’m s’posed to tell,
What it’s all about...oh well.
Origin of clerihew
- After Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875–1956), British writer
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Named after Edmund Clerihew Bentley