Over a century ago, the jolly British journalist G.K. Chesterton and his best friend published a book that changed the way authors describe human life and permanently established a new literary genre.
Maybe that’s a little too epic. But it’s mostly true.
In 1905 E.C. Bentley’s book “Biography for Beginners” went to print with short verses accompanied by illustrations from G.K.C.
Each poem begins with a person’s name. The second line rhymes with the first, then another couplet sheds some light on the individual — usually in a comical way. Bentley’s style caught on and the poetic form “Clerihew,” taken from his middle name, was born.
This short booklet is my attempt to continue this tradition.
The man who was Edmund
Lived across the Big Pond
He liked to write poetry
To be illustrated by G.K.C.
Hopefully this example adequately lowers your expectations.
The book includes “Clerihews” and sketches of Francis Schaeffer, Russell Moore, John Calvin, Charles Darwin, Chuck Colson, Sam Harris, and others.