Clerihews: Sketches & Free Verse


Clerihews: Sketches & Free Verse

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Biblical and Theological Studies



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.



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Arts and Humanities | Creative Writing

About the Author

Dr. Dan DeWitt is from a small town in the middle of a cornfield in central Illinois. He was, however, close enough to the city of Springfield to manage to get a little culture. He came to faith in Christ at the age of 15. He always wanted to be an artist, but felt that serious Christians didn't bother with such trivialities. Reading a British author named G.K. Chesterton changed his mind. In addition to teaching and writing, he sometimes doodles. He feel that there's a time for an academic textbook and a time for a sketch book. His favorite author is C.S. Lewis, and he thinks yours should be, too. Dr. DeWitt spends most of his research and writing time at the intersection of faith and secularism.

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Clerihews: Sketches & Free Verse