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.
The truth is a final opinion made terse
By logic and science, said one C. S. Peirce.
Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914)
Our theories are only some fanciful games,
Unless they have practical value, said James.
William James (1842-1910)
When someone encounters a fact that is new, he
Develops a theory to guide him, said Dewey.
John Dewey (1859-1952)