Albert Einstein Clerihew

Albert Einstein –
Possessed a fine mind –
Look at how well fared
His equation, E = mc² ?

07.24.94

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Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion
and published in Perspectives, ISBN 0-9686250-0-2.

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Notes to this poem…

Clerihews are very fun to write. Short, simple and with required humour, they should also give some biographical insight into the subject. I don’t remember where I first encountered a clerihew, nor about whom it was, but I loved it and instantly committed to writing series of at least four clerihews each on physicists, chemists and classical musicians, people about whom I knew a lot at the time in the middle of 1994. Later, I added jazz musicians as I learned more about them.

For Einstein, it was easy to decide what of him and/or his life to write about, and the rest was just about finding a rhyme to tell something about it. With four short lines, this is about all you’ve got, and this approach of picking a topic to write about and filling in the spaces with the rhyme scheme required, aabb, was one I successfully used for all the other clerihews I have ever written.

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