(Clerihews are short humorous poems based on the name of a famous person. Writers or historical figures have been most common in clerihews, but any celebrity would do. The writers mentioned here may no longer be that well-known…)
John O’hara bemoaned as a tragic loss
that he was not born Louis Auchincloss,
who himself was surely not even awara
that plebeian scribbler, John O’Hara.
The last name of Anthony Powell
rhymes with that of Robert Lowell,
which makes no sense, but then
neither did Lowell.
© 2009 Edmund Pickett
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