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Verse and worse; the clerihew revisited



garryblGarrybl on 10/29/2006

Verseandworsetheclerihewrevisited Photo This quiz is all about the clerihew, a rhyme-form invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley, writer and humorist. The verse form is almost always biographical, of four lines, with the first and second line rhyming, as do the third and fourth. What makes it unusual is that there is no fixed number of syllables in the lines; the first line is typically the author’s name and the third line often the same number of syllables as the first, but basically anything goes!
What I’m going to do is give you the author of the verse and you simply have to fill in the blank. As an example, here is the first ever clerihew – and of course it is historically accurate!

‘Sir Humphry Davy
Detested gravy.
He lived in the odium
Of having discovered Sodium.’
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Difficulty:  Challenging
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