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English Poem Writing: Clerihew Poem for Class 4

Clerihew is a major part of English poem writing skills. It is also known as a four line poem. A clerihew is a funny and four-line biographical poetry. In this chapter students will know a major kind of four line poems in English and the common errors that could happen while writing them. Clerihew is a four line poem with rhyming words.

In this learning concept, students will learn:

  • Basic rules of Clerihew poems
  • To write a four line poem with rhyming words.
  • Interesting facts on this four line poem.

All English grammar concepts for class 4 have been covered using examples, mind maps and illustrations. To assess the understanding of these concepts, students can easily access these worksheets that consists of create a poem with your own words exercises. The solutions to these worksheets are also available in easily downloadable PDF format.


Clerihews are funny poems you write about specific people who are popular or celebrities.

What is a Clerihew poem

Clerihew has simple rules to follow:

  • They are four lines long.
  • The first and second lines rhyme with each other and the third and fourth lines line with each other.
  • The first line name a person and the second line ends with something that rhymes with the name of the person.
  • It should be funny
  • You don’t have to limit yourself while writing poems about the people whom you are familiar with.
  • Clerihews are short and biographical in nature. It is a kind-hearted humorous poem.

Did You Know?

Interesting facts for Clerihew poem

How to Write a Clerihew?

Start with writing about yourself first.

  • Clerihews are short, easy to write and can be about any person or character real or not
  • It can about animal , cartoons or anyone else .

This comic poetic style is extremely quick to read.
You can write clerihew about your favorite star, your best friend or pet.


George Washington was a great guy
Who could not tell a lie .
As the first president of the united states
He rarely had times to take his wife and dinner dates.

Common Mistakes

  1. Remember that clerihews are meant to be amusing. While writing your poems, consider others’ feelings and don’t write anything that could hurt someone’s feelings or make them disturbed.
  2. Your clerihew poems must be precise and should have only related statements. Do not lie or cook up stories.
Mind map for Clerihew poem
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