Ten Political CLERIHEWS


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A Clerihew is a comic verse consisting of two couplets and a specific rhyming scheme, aabb, invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956) at the age of 16. The poem is about/deals with a person/character within the first rhyme. In most cases, the first line names a person, and the second line ends with something that rhymes with the name of the person. (From: ‘Shadow Poetry’)


Original by Edmund Clerihew Bentley:


Sir Christopher Wren
Said, “I am going to dine with some men.
If anyone calls
Say I am designing St. Paul’s.”


Ten Political CLERIHEWS

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Mr Speaker, John Bercow,
Is a Tory, although,
Who’d ever have guessed it?
He didn’t vote Brexit!

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Jeremy Corbyn,
Like poor Anne Boleyn,
Will soon get the chop
Just for being a flop.

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Dear Teresa May
Is having her say.
She says ‘Brexit means Brexit’
As we head for the exit.

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Dave Cameron, ex P.M.
Will never forgive them.
He’s now feeling grim
‘Cos the voters misled him.

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Ex-deputy Nick Clegg
Has started to beg,
“I don’t like the sack,
Please give my job back”

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Ex-PM, Tony Blair,
He gave us a scare
When he said he’d bring sherry,
We thought he meant Cherie

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Scots lassie, Nicola Sturgeon,
Might soon need a surgeon.
She won’t feel OK
When her voters say ‘UK’.

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In the States Donald Trump
He has won at the stump
We’d prefer Abra’am Lincoln
Or even Hillary Clinton.

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And Angela Merkel
Plans a reversal
Fearing voters won’t back her
And might well just sack her

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Our lovely Queen, Elizabeth the Second,
Was perhaps our worst royal cook, I reckoned.
Until I remembered Alfred the Great
And those cakes that he once did cremate.

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2 thoughts on “Ten Political CLERIHEWS

  1. You are a master of the Clerihew Roland. I could think of an alternative one for dear Mr Bercow. He is our local MP. If you see him can you point him in our direction.

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