These short poems are based on an invented form called “briefs,” which you can read about on this page. Basically, the couplet has to end with the name of a (famous) person, and it has to be written in anapestic tetrameter, with the first syllable removed, for a total of eleven syllables. Variations are acceptable because not every name will fit into such a meter.
He couldn’t be quiet, though many were miffed,
The greatest of satirists, Jonathan Swift.
A skillful translator and poet, we hope
That England will give us another like Pope.