It’s National Clerihew Day, But What the Heck Is It? Find Out! by Donna John

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It’s National Clerihew Day, But What the Heck Is It? Find Out!

A clerihew is a rhyming whimsical poem that consists of four lines that’s written about a famous person. It was invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley, a 20th century novelist and humorist. The rhyme scheme is AABB (the first and second lines should rhyme with one another, as should the third and fourth lines) and the rhymes are sometimes forced. Clerihews are most often used to poke fun at well-known people. 

Want to try your hand at one or see what your child comes up with? Here are 5 tips for writing a clerihew!

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