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#100550 - 06/17/03 07:49 AM Re: Clerihew
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And for those for whom the original is not sufficiently challenging we have the Thoroughew:

http://www.mindspring.com/~dcqv/verse.htm


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#100551 - 06/17/03 08:23 AM Re: Clerihew
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Hmm. Ideally there should be a theme running through the verse and the anagram that is associated with the subject. You could waste a lot of time on that. It transcends being a snappy way of expressing a possibly clever thought and becomes a challenge. I didn't get where I am today by taking on challenges (pace Reggie Perrin's boss - CJ wasn't it?).



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#100552 - 06/17/03 04:18 PM Re: Clerihew
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No, I checked. It is by Anthony Butts, about whom I know nothing.


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#100553 - 06/18/03 03:57 PM Re: Clerihew
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Sir Edmund Hillary,
Unfamiliar with prison and pillory,
Vowed he would never rest
Until hed climbed Mount Everest.



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#100554 - 06/19/03 03:09 AM Re: Clerihew
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'Prison' and 'pillory' seem a little gratuitous. Are you referring to an episode in Sir Edmund's life that I don't know about? Or is 'pillory' the only rhyme for Hillary?


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#100555 - 06/19/03 09:12 AM Re: Clerihew
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I could have said "unacquainted" instead of "unfamiliar," I suppose.

Gratuitous, perhaps. It made sense (because a good man would be unfamiliar with those places) and made me smile. This is one clerihew I dashed off in about 5 minutes. Perhaps it shows.


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#100556 - 06/19/03 09:30 AM Re: Pillory shmillory
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I didn't have any problems with it. I took it just the way Coff explained it. These things are, I think, supposed to be dashed off quickly. They're not exactly ballades or Petrarchan sonnets.


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#100557 - 06/19/03 12:19 PM Re: Pillory shmillory
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I didn't intend to be picky - sorry if it came out that way. I was just wondering if there was more behind it was all. Should have emoticonned. [kuriosity killing kat-e]


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#100558 - 06/19/03 12:46 PM Re: Pillory shmillory
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Or is 'pillory' the only rhyme for Hillary?

It was the only rhyming word that came to mind yesterday; however, this morning I thought of this one for you:

Sir Edmund Hillary,
Having dodged the Nazi's artillery,
Vowed he would never rest
Until he'd climbed Mount Everest.


This way it is a little more biographical. No offense taken.


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#100559 - 06/20/03 04:31 AM Re: Pillory shmillory
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I *do like that! I was trying to work in 'fritillary', but I think I'll give up. Not sure if you get butterflies on the high Himalayan peaks.


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