is a humorous verse
, rather similar to a limerick
form that generally uses the name of a well known person for one of its rhymes.
- Edmund Clerihew Bentley
Worked swiftly if not gently,
Tracking murderers down by a hidden clew
In whodunit and clerihew.
- Edmund Clerihew Bentley (who devised this form)
- Sir Karl Popper
Perpetrated a whopper
When he boasted to the world that he and he alone
Had toppled Rudolf Carnap from his Vienna Circle throne.
- by Armand T. Ringer
They may give potted history on a particular person, but they can also be about different subjects as well as in this example:
- The subject of Biography
Is different from Geography,
Geography is about maps;
And Biography is about chaps.