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Given the mixed responses toward Haikus in our diverse community I thought maybe I could interest you in Clerihews
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clerihew

These are four line verses, usually biographical in nature with the first featuring the name of a person of note. The lines are of irregular length and rhyme in adjacent pairs.

The first ever Clerihew written concerned Cornish scientist Sir Humphrey Davy:

Sir Humphrey Davy
Abominated gravy.
He lived in the odium
Of having discovered sodium.

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Mon 9th Oct '06 5:25PM
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I thought this one was hilarious:

Charles Anthony Richard Hoare
His books are always such a bore.
Especially the most recent of his,
Communicating Sequential Processes.


Poor bloke, I bet his mum enjoyed it


Another fun poetic form is the Double-Dactyl, or Higgledy-Piggledy. From Wikipedia:

A double dactyl is ... a verse form, also known as "higgledy piggledy," invented by Anthony Hecht and Paul Pascal. Like a limerick, it has a rigid structure and is usually humorous, but the double dactyl is considerably more rigid and difficult to write. There must be two stanzas, each comprising three lines of dactylic dimeter followed by a line with a dactyl and a single accent. The two stanzas have to rhyme on their last line. The first line of the first stanza is repetitive nonsense. The second line of the first stanza is the subject of the poem, a proper noun (usually someone's name). Note that this name must itself be double-dactylic. There is also a requirement for at least one line of the second stanza to be entirely one double dactyl word, for example "va-le-dic-tor-i-an".

Leading to these gems:

Tact
"Patty cake, patty cake,
Marcus Antonius,
What do you think of the
African queen?"
"Gubernatorial
Duties require my
Presence in Egypt. Ya
Know what I mean?"

Show Business
Hey-nonny, ho-nonny,
Penis Van Lesbian
Entered the bus'ness that
no biz is like."
Keen on increasing his
marketability,
he took on the stage name
of Dick Van Dyke.

Joe and Marilyn
Higgledy Piggledy
Joseph DiMaggio
Jolted the ball but was
Jilted in bed.
Marilyn walked, but he
Necro-romantically
Laid her in rose bouquets
When she was dead.

An instructional example:
Double-Dactyl
Long-short-short, long-short-short
Dactyls in dimeter,
Verse form with choriambs
(Masculine rhyme):
One sentence (two stanzas)
Hexasyllabically
Challenges poets who
Don't have the time.


The main trouble with these, though, is that they can only be written about people with 6-syllable names

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