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Comedy: June 16, 2021 Issue [#10826]




 This week: The Wit of Witty Poetry
  Edited by: Lornda
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About This Newsletter

How does a backward poet write?
Inverse

How do poets say hello?
Hey, haven't we metaphor?

What do you say to warn Edgar Allen Poe about the tree he's about to walk into?
Poe-try

If a poet ascends in an elevator, can you say the Bard has been raised?


*Pencil* Writing humorous poems can be a challenge. Try a few simple forms of poetry to get started.

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Letter from the editor

         When writing humor, there’s no doubt, you need wit to be witty. In fiction, you have time to build-up to the humor, but when you pen a poem, in a lot of cases, the lines need to pack a punch fast. With a little practice and easy poetry forms, you can be on your way to writing a witty poem.

*Quill* Limerick:

         The Limerick is probably the number one choice to use to get started. It was made popular by Edward Lear who was not only an artist, a musician, and an illustrator, but also a writer of funny poetry. He penned The Book of Nonsense in 1846, which is full of Limericks. He actually is the one who put this poetry form on the map. His book if full of Limericks and it has helped him amass nine million dollars. If you get a chance, check out his Limericks for inspiration.
( The Book of Nonsense   )

*Gear* Usually this nonsense poetry form is perfect for a laugh. It has five lines with lines 1, 2, and 5 using nine syllables and they rhyme. Lines 3 and 4 have six syllables and rhyme. Use the last line as a punchline for the biggest laugh.

*Infow* Limerick Info  


*Quill* Chastushka:

         This is a Russian form of poetry and their equivalent to the Limerick. It’s not a popular form, but it’s a good one to flex your humorous funny bone!

*Gear* It consists of four lines and it always rhymes. It can have different rhyming structures of ABAB, AABB, and in some instances even an ABCA.

*Infow* Chastushka Info  


*Quill* Clerihew:

         This form was invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956). Bored one day in chemistry class, he wrote it for fun, and it took fifteen years before any of them were published. It’s usually a witty anecdote and pokes fun about a famous person. According to Bentley, a true clerihew will have the famous person’s name at the end of the first line, and the fun challenge is to rhyme any awkward names.

*Gear* A clerihew has four lines and consists of rhyming couplets. The specific rhyming scheme is AABB.

*Infow* Clerihew Info  


*Quill* One Star Poetry (SLAM):

This type of poem is badly written on purpose. Pick a funny theme and run with it. The result produces a humorous poem that will have readers laughing out loud. Don’t forget to rate it as a one star!

*Gear* Rhyme, or don’t rhyme. No syllable counts.



         Give humorous poetry a try! It’s another way to expand your literary horizons. It worked out for Edward Lear and Edmund Clerihew Bentley. They used their wit to write witty poems and are famous for it. Makes you wonder if anyone has written a funny clerihew about Bentley. There would be one obstacle to jump over, though. What rhymes with Bentley? There’s a challenge for you, but that’s part of the fun about writing humorous poetry. Now, go write a funny poem, then write a couple hundred more. Publish them all in one book and before you know it, you'll be the one laughing all the way to buying your new yacht, house, and sharing the wealth with your WdC friends. Especially, with the one who gave you the idea. Just sayin'!


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Editor's Picks


*Quill* A Chastushka :

 
Front to back  [E]
A Chastushka poem
by tucknits


*Quill* Clerihew

A Clerihew for His Royal Babyness  [E]
A clerihew for Round 56 of Pond Poetry
by Ben Langhinrichs


 
Spock Time  [E]
A Star Trek Clerihew.
by Teargen


 John Cleese Clerihew  [E]
Is he is or is he ain't???
by RedWritingHood♡WDC


 Mudd's Spud  [E]
Star Trek Clerihew
by Snow Vampire


 
Maya Angelou  [E]
How can she live up to her words? Day 20 (Form: Clerihew)
by 🌜 Howling @ HuntersMoon


*Quill* Limericks

Karma  [E]
Lucky Limerick Contest Entry March 2021 - Winner
by Lovina 🐕‍🦺


Those Sad Clowns  [E]
A limerick on camping
by Andy~your friend till the end


*Quill* 1-Star Poetry (SLAM)

It's Stinky Lil' Cupid Time Again  [E]
Bah-humbug, Cupid! Go away and leave me be. (One Star poetry on Slamming Cupid)
by Hocus-Pocus-Jeannie 🦇


 
Valentine's Day? No way!  [13+]
The Bard's Hall Contest, February entry. "Slam Cupid" Bad Poetry Month
by turtlemoon-dohi



 
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*Questiong* Have you had success in writing funny poems? Do you have plans to try and write it?

*Thought2* Comments from my last newsletter, "The Trials of Humorous Non-Fiction :

Elfin Dragon - contest hunting: Whew, it was tricky, but I found your trinket! *Bigsmile* Neat story too.


Lol! Glad you found it and congrats! I gave two away, and I have one, so three people found it. *Rolling* Thanks for the comment about the story. *Bigsmile*


Quick-Quill: I followed your entry into Wdc by a few months. I credit this site for my writing journey to publishing 3 books

That's great. *Thumbsupl* Congrats on the published books. I'm sure there will be plenty more. *Wink*



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