by Walter de la Mare
Hi! handsome hunting man
Fire your little gun,
Bang! Now the animal
Is dead and dumb and done.
nevermore to peep again, creep again, leap again,
Eat or sleep or drink again, Oh, what fun!
WALTER DE LA MARE
Classroom Tip: Young writers love to write about animals and the environment. This tiny poweful poem by Walter de la Mare (1873-1956) is a perfect template to get them started. Read it alongside the much-anthologised I SAW A JOLLY HUNTER by CHARLES CAUSLEY.