Johann Strauss Jr. Clerihew

The junior Johann Strauss –
Knew how to put joy into a house –
His waltzes made people go round & round –
Long after he’s been in the ground

06.24.95 – 07.03.95



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



Notes to this poem…

This clerihew is more true to the clerihew form, to be humorous, than the other two I finished on the same day on other classical composers, Beethoven and Rachmaninov, that were more character profiles without a lot of humour. I just found a little humour about Johann Strauss Jr to write this clerihew, and the best part about it is that every bit of it is true.

June 24 1995 must have been clerihew starting day or something, and July 3 1995 must have been clerihew completion day or something because the three consecutive poems I completed on the latter all got their creation on the same day. With clerihews being so short and simple, I probably got started with one and decided to go for a set, the set being classical music composers. The set also meant four, not three, because three is generally not what I think of a set, for one reason or another. Human psychology tends to like symmetry and eveness, hence the fourth clerihew. It’s about Mozart, finished some three weeks after these ones, but I was on such a poetic writing frenzy in this busiest of my poetry writing months that it won’t be a while before that clerihew appears.

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