Kington Museum: Clerihew Competition 2015


£10 for the Winner, £5 Runner Up

If winning entries are of an inferior standard the judges reserve the right to reduce the value of the prizes.

Entries in to Museum by April 5th, Results announced April 7th

A clerihew is easy to write. It’s only four lines long, and is made up of two rhyming couplets. The lines don’t need to scan (i.e. they don’t all have to be the same length). The first line is usually someone’s name. The poems can be as silly as you like, but they must have something to do with the person mentioned. Here are a few examples of clerihews: 

Sir Humphrey Davy
Detested gravy.
He lived in the odium
Of having discovered sodium. (Bentley)


Had a lovely doggy chassis.
But under all that fur,
She wasn’t a her! (Anon)


G. Grace
Had hair all over his face.
Of all cricketers with a beard
He was the most feared. (Anon)


Winnie the Pooh

What does he do?

I wish I had as much money

As Pooh has honey.

Courtney Carlson (age 8)


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Developed a mysterious boil

But how it evolved and came about

Even Sherlock Holmes never found out!

Nicole Anne Braganza (age 13)

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