Today’s excerpt comes from Henry Vaughan’s beautiful poem “The World.” Read the whole poem here. A major Welsh poet whose popularity was revived in the last century – I learned of his poetry as a middle schooler because “The World” was featured in my favorite book at the time (and it is still one of my top 5) – A Ring of Endless Light by Madeline L’Engle. Photograph by Ms. Dawn Wenrich – go check her photography out! Composition by me. Enjoy!
The clerihew is a short, four line (including title), poetic form invented by Mr. Edmund Clerihew Bentley to poke gentle fun at celebrities or famous historical figures. Unlike many forms, it is meant to be a bit awkward, anachronistic, and ideally, the rhyme is forced or also awkward. A good poetry form for a Wednesday, I would say. Photograph and composition by me.