Randy's definition "a four-line irregular poem or verse that follows an AABB rhyme scheme" departs slightly from the traditional clerihew.
In addition to the requirements he mentions
- It is biographical and usually whimsical
- The first line consists solely (or almost solely) of the subject's name.
Here's my first one.
or so I have heard
was a maker of sails, in Portsea
and left his children each a thousand pound annuity
I hear the sound of relatives, so I will return later.
Moshe Leyb Cruvant --
our ancestral immigrant
why St. Louis he chose
over Lithuania, no one knows.