Monthly Archives: June 2010

Don Giovanni (or Opera in 21 Syllables)

   Don Giovanni (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Giovanni) is one of Mozart’s best known operas, and is based on the legend of Don Juan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Juan) in which a rake and libertine gets his metaphysical comeuppance — as you would — by being dragged to … Continue reading

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Joshua

Author’s note: This clerihew was first published in Bikwil magazine.    Well OK, maybe not ALL clerihews are historically accurate…  Rivalling Damascus as the site of the oldest continuing human settlement (~11,000 years), Jericho (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jericho) is known to many only … Continue reading

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Roald Dahl and Charles Dickens (with apologies to Dr Spooner)

  To paraphrase Jane Austen, it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a writer in possession of clerihews must be in want of a rhyme for ‘Dickens’. E.C. Bentley wrote one about Dickens and chickens and sheep; W.H. Auden took … Continue reading

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E.B. White

  E.B. White, the journalist and author, had a long association with The New Yorker magazine, where he rubbed shoulders with Harold Ross and James Thurber. In the 1940s, he turned his hand to writing children’s stories such as Stuart … Continue reading

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The Marx Brothers

  The five Marx Brothers – Leonard, Adolph, Julius, Herbert and Milton – were better known by their nicknames. According to Adolph’s autobiography (Harpo Speaks!) Leonard became Chico because he was a ladies’ man; Adolf became Harpo for the musical … Continue reading

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Ian Fleming

  Growing up in the shadow of a feted elder brother (Peter Fleming), Ian Fleming seems to have taken to the role of disreputable younger brother with relish. After failing as an army officer, and spending some time as a … Continue reading

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Joseph Priestley

I originally learned something about Joseph Priestley’s theory of phlogiston in secondary school, but needed to refresh my memory when I wrote this clerihew. To be scrupulously fair, the theory had been around for about a hundred years when Priestley … Continue reading

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