Andrea's Favourite Poems by Other Poets

Andrea's Favourite Poems by Other Poets
 
This section contains some of Andrea's favourite poems.
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JABBERWOCKY by Lewis Carroll
(from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)
 
`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
 
 
HOMEWORK by
Jack Prelutsky
 
Homework! Oh, Homework!
I hate you! You stink!
I wish I could wash you away in the sink,
if only a bomb
would explode you to bits.
Homework! Oh, homework!
You're giving me fits.
I'd rather take baths
with a man-eating shark,
or wrestle a lion
alone in the dark,
eat spinach and liver,
pet ten porcupines,
than tackle the homework,
my teacher assigns.

Homework! Oh, homework!
you're last on my list,
I simple can't see
why you even exist,
if you just disappeared
it would tickle me pink.
Homework! Oh, homework!
I hate you! You stink!
 
 
THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT
by Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are, you are, you are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are."
Pussy said to the Owl "You elegant fowl,
How charmingly sweet you sing.
O let us be married, too long we have tarried;
But what shall we do for a ring?"
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows,
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose, his nose, his nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.
"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling your ring?"
 Said the Piggy, "I will"
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon.
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand.
They danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.
 
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THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT by Roger Stevens
 
The owl and the pussycat
Went to sea
The owl ate the pussycat
Oh deary me

 
THE PAINTING LESSON by Trevor Harvey 

"What's THAT, dear?"
asked the new teacher.
 
"It's Mummy," I replied.
 
"But mums aren't green and orange!
You really haven't TRIED.
You don't just paint in SPLODGES
-You're old enough to know
You need to THINK before you work…
Now - have another go."
 
She helped me draw two arms and legs,
A face with sickly smile,
A rounded body, dark brown hair,
A hat-and in a while,
She stood back (with her face bright pink):
"That's SO much better - don't you think?"
 
But she turned white
At ten to three
When an orange-green blob
Collected me.
 
"Hi, Mum!"

 
GIVE YOURSELF A HUG by Grace Nichols
 
Give yourself a hug
when you feel unloved
 
Give yourself a hug
when people put on airs
to make you feel a bug
 
Give yourself a hug
when everyone seems to give you
a cold-shoulder shrug
 
Give yourself a hug -
A big, big hug
 
And keep on singing,
"Only one in a million like me
Only one in a million-billion-trillion-zillion
like me."
 
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