The death of George Toupou V

A very short verse to mark the passing of the Tongan Head of State.

Angelo Dundee 1921 -2012

A short Clerihew to commemorate the life of popular boxing trainer Angelo Dundee who has passed away after a lifetime guiding great champions like Sugar Ray Leonard and Muhammed Ali. He first met Ali (then Clay) when the latter was 15 and was immediately impressed by the young boxer’s abilities.

Kim Jong-Il 1942-2011

A short verse noting the passing of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il who starved his people, amassed one of the largest armies on earth and sustained his power with an elaborate and improbable cult of personality

Christopher Hitchens 1949 – 2011

A few words in the form of a short verse remembering Christopher Hitchens, the writer, humanist, atheist and contrarian who died yesterday.

Christopher Logue 1926 – 2011

A short Cleihew verse to mark the passing of proper poet and comic versifier Christopher Logue, who has died at the age of 85.

The work of the late Ken Russell

A short verse assessing how the varied and innovative work of film-maker Ken Russell, who died yesterday, will be remembered.

Basil D’Oliveira

A short verse marking the death of Worcestershire’s Basil D’Oliveira, whose cricketing deeds had a wider beneficial impact in the land of his birth.

Smokin’ Joe Frazier

A short verse to mark the passing of heavyweight boxing superstar Smokin’ Joe Frazier who endured repeated taunts and insults from his great rival Muhammed Ali with dignity.


About this site likes to mark significant moments in public life with a short verse - usually in Clerihew form. We've tightened our poetic belt and cut everything right back to the bare essentials. Every verse on this site takes up fewer than 140 characters, so feel free to tweet them to your friends.

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