Friday, April 14, 2017

A Wee Bit of "Frost"ing

The poet Frost
was never really lost
as he commenced
to mending all his broken fences.

© Ginny Brannan

This is a slightly whimsical tribute to my favorite poet, Robert Frost, and plays reference to his poem "Mending Wall"

This form is called a Clerihew.
A clerihew has the following properties:
  • It is biographical and usually whimsical, showing the subject from an unusual point of view; it mostly pokes fun at famous people
  • It has four lines of irregular length and metre (for comic effect)
  • The rhyme structure is AABB; the subject matter and wording are often humorously contrived in order to achieve a rhyme, including the use of phrases in Latin, French and other non-English languages
  • The first line contains, and may consist solely of, the subject's name. According to a letter in the Spectator in the 1960s, Bentley said that a true clerihew has to have the name "at the end of the first line", as the whole point was the skill in rhyming awkward names.
Clerihews are not satirical or abusive, but they target famous individuals and reposition them in an absurd, anachronistic or commonplace setting, often giving them an over-simplified and slightly garbled description 

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