St. Patrick 387 – 461 AD
(four hundred thirty one)
Pat came to Eire
like the rising sun.
Where his faith equaled his bravery
And in the mighty strength of the
Trinity, he ended slavery.
Brahmagupta 598 - 668
For zero and numbers under,
thank India’s Brahmagupta;
Nor in Europe nor Arabia did this thought erupt-a!
Now, zero, the word, comes from the zephyr of spring,
Whereon math took wing.
Eleanor /Aquitaine 1122 - 1204
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Seemed to Henry II a royal pain.
Wealthy, beautiful, she gave him sons
Whilst of help one day and trouble the next, she brought him tons.
Ibn Battuta 1304 – 1369
A traveling man, Ibn Battuta
Went 75,000 miles by camel,
ship, and afoota
He went from Morocco to Arabia, the Caucaus, India, China, and Timbuktu so he had tales to tell,
Which he told well.
Andrei Rublev 1360 – 1430
Andrei Rublev, icon-painter,
Brushed his prayer, and though his colors are fainter,
His serene figures still reach forth unto the heart,
Setting a contemplative standard for sacred art.
[Note: A Clerihew is a quatrain whose first lines include the name of a character in history, and whose 3rd and 4th lines are not supposed to scan, keeping it light-hearted.]