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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Writing Exercise

By Ashley Lister

My friends call me Ash
I don’t have much cash
I write about writing
And about sex scenes that can prove positively exciting

As I may have mentioned before, I enjoy poetry exercises because I believe they help all of us with our writing:

·         Poetry is a wonderful way to warm up the writing muscles before starting any writing project.
·         Poetry gets the writer to focus on the strengths and merits of individual words in ways that aren’t usually considered with regular fiction writing.
·         Poetry can be a lot of fun.

To that end, I thought we could look at one of my favourite pieces of fun poetry this month: the clerihew.

Edmund Clerihew Bentley
Say his name gently
He pioneered this verse form
Though critics say there could not be a worse form

The clerihew is a type of verse invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956). Traditionally, the clerihew is a four-line poem made up of two rhyming couplets (aabb). The metre of the clerihew is intentionally, and often ridiculously, irregular. The purpose of the clerihew is to offer a satiric, absurd or whimsical biography of a character.

The Marquis de Sade
Liked his punishment hard
He was an aristocrat – first class
And he liked spanking servant girls on the ass

In the comments box below please feel free to write your own four-line clerihew introducing yourself or introducing one of the characters from your fiction. 


  1. Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
    spent his childhood on a hassock
    travelled Europe in third class seating
    but subsequently divorced his wife when she wouldn't beat him.

  2. Rachel Green:
    The poetry queen.
    She writes with style
    And produces verse that does beguile.



  3. Bad poetry? I can do that!

    My name is Lisabet
    My goal's to make you wet
    With tales of sweet lust
    That leave Fifty Shades languishing in the literary dust.

  4. Well stated Lisabet
    And you do make readers wet
    Unlike those Fifty Shades books I've read
    Which left my libido feeling dead.


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