1st International Clerihew Contest
The clerihew is a humorous, biographical four-line poem with an irregular structure (AABB). Clerihews begin with a biographical subject in the first line and end with the name of the poem. For example,
Sir Christopher Wren Said,
“I am going to dine with some men.
If anyone calls
Say I am designing St. Paul’s.”
Was not just tweeting
When he said, “I dare you-
To write a Clerihew.”
The very first clerihew was written by and is named after, Edmund Clerihew Bentley, a good friend of G.K. Chesterton’s. Born in London, and educated at St Paul’s School and Merton College, Clerihew was a journalist and author. From 1936 until 1949 Clerihew was president of the Detection Club and Chesterton dedicated his popular detective novel The Man Who Was Thursday to him.
Submit your clerihew using the form below by March 11th, 5pm (CT) to enter the 1st International Clerihew Contest! The winning clerihew will be read at the International Chesterton Conference in Rome on March 16 and during the April Virtual Society Meeting. The winner will also receive a Chesterton beer mug. Join in the fun!
The 1st International Clerihew Competition is now closed … details to be announced soon on the winning entry and runners up!