Resources on poetry by the poets themselves

Humorous Verse

Poems that make children laugh are so important. These poems show that language can be fun and entertaining- that poems can be silly and hilarious. They are also terrific for teachers who may have been put off poetry when they were young!

Here is a poem by Carol Ann Duffy that the class can laugh along to:

THE LAUGH OF YOUR CLASS

Your class laughs like fourteen birds
in a tree.
Your class laughs like ice in a glass
on a tray.
Your class laughs like the stars
in the Milky Way.
Ha ha ha ha ha ho ho hee hee. Your class laughs like the horn
of a bright red car.
Your class laughs like the strings
on a loud guitar.
Your class laughs like the harmony
of a choir.
Ho ho ho ho ho hee hee ha ha.

Your class laughs like the hiss
of skis on snow.
Your class laughs like the screams
at a circus show.
Your class laughs like a trumpet player’s
blow.
Hee hee hee hee hee ha ha ho ho.

Yoou class laughs like fourteen seals
in the sea.
Your class laughs like a drunken
chimpanzee.
Your class laughs like the buzz
of a honey bee.
Ha ha ha ha ha ho ho hee hee.

Your class laughs like the mighty
ocean’s roar.
Your class laughs like carol singers
at the door.
Your class laughs like an elephant
wearing a bra.
Ho ho ho ho ho hee hee ha ha.

Your class laughs like doh ray me
fa so.
Your class laughs like seven dwarfs sing
hi ho.
Your class laughs like blue whales
when they blow.
Hee hee hee hee hee ha ha ho ho.
Ha ha ha ha ha ho ho hee hee.
Ho ho ho ho ho hee hee ha ha.
Hee hee hee hee hee ha ha ho ho.

HUMOROUS POETS

It is a good idea to make up your own anthology of humorous poems to use with all the year groups you may teach. Here are a few poets who can always be relied upon to make children laugh, and who all make school visits:

ROGER McGOUGH:
Sky in the Pie (Puffin, 1985)
Nailing the Shadow (Puffin, 1989)
Another Custard Pie (Harper Collins, 1993)
Lucky (Puffin, 1994)
And many many others!

JOHN AGARD
Laughter is an Egg (Mammoth, 1986)
I Din Do Nuttin (Red Fox, 1993)
And many others!

GRACE NICHOLS:
No Hickory No Dickory No Dock (with Agard; Puffin 1992)
Give Yourself A Hug (A.C. Black, 1994)
A Caribbean Dozen (with Agard; Walker, 1994)

ADRIAN MITCHELL:
Balloon Lagoon (Orchard, 1997)
Daft as a Doughnut (Orcgard, 2004)
Greatest Hits (Bloodaxe, 1997)