Saturday, July 30, 2005

More Clerihew

Edmund Clerihew Bentley was a lifelong friend of G.K. Chesterton, and they shared a love for mystery novels and poetry. GKC dedicated his 1908 novel The Man Who Was Thursday to Bentley. Bentley dedicated his 1911 mystery novel Trent's Last Case to Chesterton. GKC illustrated Bentley's 1905 book of "Clerihew" poems, Biography For Beginners.

Here is a Clerihew from E.C. Bentley. I chose this one to honor Cervantes and the 400th anniversary of the 1605 publication of the first part of Don Quixote.
The people of Spain think Cervantes
Equal to half-a-dozen Dantes;
An opinion resented most bitterly
By the people of Italy.


UPDATE:
The clerihew about Cervantes/Dante was from the pen of G.K. Chesterton.

On page 43 of the facsilile edition of "the notebook" (The First Clerihews) it is associated with the gavel, and that was Chesterton's icon in the notebook.

~ John Peterson


Thank you, John.

1 comment:

John Peterson said...

The clerihew about Cervantes/Dante was from the pen of G.K. Chesterton.

On page 43 of the facsilile edition of "the notebook" (The First Clerihews) it is associated with the gavel, and that was Chesterton's icon in the notebook.

~ John Peterson