What is a clerihew?
A clerihew is a poem that makes some fun, (but not insulting) criticism at a famous person. It has two rhymed couplets, in the pattern a a b b. Here is an example:
A clerihew is a humorous, four-line biographical poem that was invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley. The lines are often irregular in length and of the AABB form.
One of ECB's early clerihews is as follows:-
John Stuart Mill,
By a mighty effort of will,
Overcame his natural bonhomie
And wrote 'The Principals of Political Economy'.
a four line poem about a celebrity or historical figure. Lines one and two rhyme. Lines three and four rhyme.