23 May 2007

Clerihew time

A few posts ago I mentioned writing a clerihew. Below is my humble attempt. Don't know if it strictly adheres to the rules of a clerihew, but I think Chesterton would approve of my freshman efforts.

Archbishop Nienstedt
wasn't aware at the outset
the much touted "Minnesota Nice"
could be as cold as glacial ice.

Remember, the conference is in a few weeks!

2 comments:

Ray from MN said...

I forgot what a "clerihew" is. I'll have to look it up. I used to have a book full of things like that which was fun to browse through, regularly.

I'll be at the Conference and Mitchell and Judith Hadley (Our Word) will be there for some of it also. P'raps we can all get together at some point as a St Blog's contingent.

swissmiss said...

Ray:
Getting together would be great. Don't what our plans are. We are supposed to go up to my father-in-law's cousin's place for the weekend. I'm trying to get that changed.

Here are the rules for a clerihew (from Wikipedia).
A Clerihew has the following properties:

It is biographical and usually whimsical, showing the subject from an unusual point of view; but it is hardly ever satirical, abusive or obscene
It has four lines of irregular length (for comic effect); the third and fourth lines are usually longer than the first two
The rhyme structure is AABB; the subject matter and wording are often humorously contrived in order to achieve a rhyme
The first line consists solely (or almost solely) of the subject's name.
Clerihews are not satirical or abusive, but they target famous individuals and reposition them in an absurd or commonplace setting, often with an over-simplified and slightly garbled description.