Clerihews are short, fun little poems that are easy to write. Their name comes from Edmund Clerihew Bentley, who pioneered the form in his teenage years. Clerihews are four lines long and have an aabb rhyme scheme. They are about a specific person, and the second line must rhyme with the person’s name. Clerihews are meant to be funny, even silly. There are no restrictions concerning rhythm or number of syllables.

This example is about Frodo Baggins, a character from The Lord of the Rings. (As a reminder, fan fiction of any kind is prohibited on Elfwood.)

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There once lived a hobbit named Frodo
Whose stature resembled that of a dodo
He liked to wander, get dirty, and sing
But when he took baths, he always left a Ring.