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A pseudo biographical poem, four lines long. A clerihew follows an aabb rhyming pattern, so the first two and last two lines rhyme. Clerihews usually are about the individual mentioned in the initial line, written in a comical or whimsical way.

The first clerihew was written by Edmund Clerihew Bentley in 1890. This tyep of poem was named after him.

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