Literature

Limerick — 1

Edmund Clerihew Bentley, a man of the 19th century, wasn’t writing in the Digital Age. But he invented a form of four-line poem that gels with our times. He gave this style his middle name.

A relative of the limerick, a clerihew has one less line. It begins with the name of a famous person and continues, in irregular meter, with an absurdist biography.

Sir Christopher Wren

Said: I am going to dine with some men
If anyone calls
Say I am designing St. Paul’s.

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