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#100530 - 05/02/03 04:21 PM Re: clerihew
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You all are too nice! [blushing-aw-shucks]


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#100531 - 05/02/03 04:23 PM Re: clerihew
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So Faldage --

Are you going to use your red pencil and tell us where we went wrong? I thought it was safe down here in Weekly Themes . . .


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#100532 - 05/02/03 05:57 PM Re: clerihew
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where we went wrong

The first line in a clerihew is either a person's name or ends in a person's name.

Since there are so few restrictions on the clerihew, it seems a small thing to ask that the name be involved in the rhyme.


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#100533 - 05/02/03 06:06 PM Re: clerihew
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Oh, I thought it just had to contain the person's name. Oh well.


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#100534 - 05/02/03 06:08 PM Re: clerihew
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Lucy Van Pelt, of Peanuts fame,
Would coax Charlie Brown into a football game,
And every time it never failed she'd withdraw the ball,
Hed fall.



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#100535 - 05/02/03 06:23 PM Re: clerihew
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contain the person's name

Digging into it more deeply I discover that Anu seems to have been of the laxer school in his definition. Others seem more or less strict in the matter, some appearing to indicate that the first line be nothing but the person's name, one noting merely that the first line contain the person's name and the second line rhyme with the person's (which would seem to require that the pe4rson's name end the first line, but not necessarily) and some even allowing the name to be in the second line. As you so aptly put it, "Oh well."


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#100536 - 05/02/03 06:45 PM Re: clerihew
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Aw shucks. I was waiting on a ruling as to whether or not "Hugh'll" *counted.


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#100537 - 05/02/03 08:16 PM Re: clerihew
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>a ruling as to... "Hugh'll"

I suspect that's why I came up with nine (9) instead of eight (8).


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#100538 - 05/17/03 01:12 PM Re: clerihew
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For dxb

Napoleon Bonaparte,
Of things military, very smart;
He overthrew the royalists when he organized a coup,
But was overthrown himself at Waterloo.


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#100539 - 05/19/03 07:50 AM Re: clerihew
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That's neat Cb (In the true meaning as well as US colloquial). I guess I can only try this:

Wellesley, Arthur,
Sorted Iberia then went farther
North to Waterloo with Blucher to dispute.
Gave him the boot.

It's a bit forced, but there are too many difficult rhymes in the subject matter!



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