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Concept: Clerihew


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


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?


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.
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