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Does the Clerihew live?
Today is Clerihew Day, being the birthday of Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956). He was 16 when he invented the verse form celebrated as the Clerihew.
His first example ran:
Sir Humphrey Davy
He lived in the odium
Of having discovered Sodium.
In 1912, Bentley became a leader writer on The Daily Telegraph, staying for 22 years. He would have been generally forgotten had he not brought out a collection of Clerihews, called Biography for Beginners (with illustrations by G. K. Chesterton) in 1905, to be followed by More Biography (1929) and Baseless Biography in 1939.
To write a god Clerihew is by no means as easy as it might seem . . . the first line must always end with the name of the subject. I’d be delighted if anyone can come up to scratch with a Clerihew for our times.