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Francis Bacon: Edmund Clerihew Bentley

When their lordships asked Bacon How many bribes he had taken He had at least the grace To get very red in the face. Edmund Clerihew Bentley  1875-1956 ‘Bacon’ (1939) You can read more about the life of this fascinating … Continue reading

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A Clerihew On Columbus: Edmund Clerihew Bentley

“I quite realized,” said Columbus, “That the Earth was not a rhombus, But I am a little annoyed To find it an oblate spheroid.” Edmund Clerihew Bentley 1875-1956 Columbus (1929) The illustration is copyright: Tania A via Shutterstock  

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Cecil B. DeMille and The Wars Of The Roses

Cecil B. de Mille Rather against his will, Was persuaded to leave Moses Out of ‘The Wars Of The Roses’. Anon, attributed to Nicholas Clerihew Bentley John Carter, Clerihews: an unofficial supplement to ‘Biography for beginners’ (Rampant Lions, 1938) The … Continue reading

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Sir Christopher Wren’s Cast-Iron Excuse

Sir Christopher Wren Said, “I am going to dine with some men. If anyone calls Tell them I’m designing St Paul’s.” This is another clerihew  (1905) by Edmund Clerihew Bentley. The illustration is © Neil Lang | View Portfolio  via … Continue reading

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John Stuart Mill: A Clerihew

John Stuart Mill By a mighty effort of will, Overcame his natural bonhomie And wrote “Principles of Political Economy” Edmund Clerihew Bentley 1875 – 1956 He had the honour of having the clerihew verse form (which he invented) named after … Continue reading

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