The clerihew consists of two non-metrical couplets. The lines can be of uneven length, usually short, although the fourth line is often longer than the others. Clerihews are biographical, with the name of the subject often ending the first line. The form was invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley (hence the name), with some help from G.K. Chesterton.

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Clerihew Poems
Political Clerihews (not all adhering to the form) from a conservative point of view. By Roger W. Hancock, who calls himself the PoetPatriot.
Clerihews at Verse
Clerihews to mark important events and newsworthy people in the United Kingdom.
Clerihews from "Biography for Beginners"
By English journalist Edmund Clerihew Bentley, the inventor of the form.
How to Write a Clerihew
Giggle Poetry provides an overview of rules and examples for writing Clerihew poetry.
Philosophical Clerihews
A small selection of clerihews by Ronald de Sousa.
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