A few quick GKC things: The Blog of the American Chesterton Society has apparently made a New Year's resolution to be active this year. Check it out. A blogger has decided to try to her hands at Clerihews, using other bloggers as the subject. Quite unique.
What? You don't know what a clerihew is? Check out Wikipedia's entry. Excerpt:
A Clerihew (or clerihew) is a very specific kind of short humorous verse, typically with the following properties:
- It is biographical and usually whimsical, showing the subject from an unusual point of view; but it is hardly ever satirical, abusive or obscene
- It has four lines of irregular length (for comic effect)
- The first line consists solely (or almost solely) of a well-known person's name.
The form was invented by and is named after Edmund Clerihew Bentley. As a student, Bentley invented the clerihew on Humphry Davy (see below) during his studies, and it was a great hit with his friends. The first use of the word in print was in 1928.Bentley's friend, G. K. Chesterton, was a practitioner of the clerihew and one of the sources of its popularity. However, other serious authors also produced clerihews, including W. H. Auden.