On the Ning Nang Nong
"On the Ning Nang Nong" is a poem by the comedian Spike Milligan. The poem was featured in the book named Silly Verse For Kids which was written in 1968. In 1998 it was voted the UK's favourite comic ...
Metamorphoses
The Metamorphoses (Latin: Metamorphōseōn librī: "Books of Transformations") is a Latin narrative poem by the Roman poet Ovid, considered his magnum opus. Comprising fifteen books and over 250 myth...
Jabberwocky
Jabberwocky is a nonsense poem written by Lewis Carroll and included in his 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, a sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The book tel...
Mind rhyme
Mind rhyme is the suggestion of a rhyme which is left unsaid and must be inferred by the listener. Mind rhyme may be achieved either by stopping short, or by replacing the expected word with another (...
The Ballad of the "Clampherdown"
The Ballad of the "Clampherdown" is a satirical poem written by Rudyard Kipling in 1892.The poem describes an engagement between the Clampherdown, a fictional Royal Navy battleship, and a light cruise...
Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister
"Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister" is a soliloquy written by Robert Browning, first published in his collection Dramatic Lyrics (1842). It is written in the voice of an unnamed Spanish monk. The poem...
Cúirt An Mheán Oíche
Brian Merriman or in Irish Brian Mac Giolla Meidhre (circa 1749 – 27 July 1805) was an Irish language poet and teacher. His single surviving work of substance, the 1000-line long Cúirt An Mheán Oíche ...
Amores (Ovid)
Amores is Ovid's first completed book of poetry, written in elegiac couplets. It was first published in 16 BC in 5 books, but Ovid by his own account later edited it down into the 3-book edition that ...
There once was a man from Nantucket
"There once was a man from Nantucket" is the opening line for many limericks, in which the name of the island of Nantucket creates obscene rhymes and puns. The protagonist is typically portrayed as a ...
La secchia rapita
La secchia rapita (The Stolen Bucket) is a mock-heroic epic poem by Alessandro Tassoni based on the real-life event of the same name, War of the Oaken Bucket (1325-1327) was first published in 1622 (s...
Reynard
Reynard (French: Renart; German: Reineke; Dutch: Reinaert) is the main character in a literary cycle of allegorical French, Dutch, English, and German fables. Those stories are largely con...
– Becchin’amor! – Che vuo’, falso tradito?
– Becchin’amor! – Che vuo’, falso tradito? is a sonnet by the Italian poet Cecco Angiolieri.
The sonnet is a parody of Italian medieval contrastos: it is a dialogue between the poet and the woman...
The Chaos
"The Chaos" is a poem demonstrating the irregularity of English spelling and pronunciation. Written by Dutch writer, traveller, and teacher Gerard Nolst Trenité (1870–1946), it includes about 800 exam...
Buke of the Howlat
The Buke of the Howlat, often referred to simply as The Howlat, is a humorous 15th century Scots poem by Richard Holland.
The poem is a comic allegory in which all the characters are birds with hu...
Ysengrimus
Ysengrimus is a Latin fabliau and mock epic, an anthropomorphic series of fables written in 1148 or 1149, possibly by the poet Nivardus. Its chief character is Ysengrimus the Wolf, and it describes h...
The Vision of Judgment
The Vision of Judgment (1822) is a satirical poem in ottava rima by Lord Byron, which depicts a dispute in Heaven over the fate of George III's soul. It was written in response to the Poet Laureate ...
Nonsense verse
Nonsense verse is a form of nonsense literature usually employing strong prosodic elements like rhythm and rhyme. It is whimsical and humorous in tone and employs some of the techniques of nonsense li...
Tournament of Tottenham
The Tournament of Tottenham is a short humorous poem of 231 lines written in Middle English and is dated between 1400-40. There are two known manuscripts for the poem, one Harleian 5306 (H), 1456 in t...
Hay and Hell and Booligal
Hay and Hell and Booligal is a poem by the Australian bush poet Banjo Paterson. Paterson wrote the poem while working as a solicitor with the firm of Street & Paterson in Sydney. It was first pub...
Limerick (poetry)
A limerick is a form of poetry, especially one in five-line anapestic meter with a strict rhyme scheme (AABBA), which is sometimes obscene with humorous intent. The first, second and fifth lines are u...
The Nasobame
Das Nasobēm, usually translated into English as The Nasobame, is a short nonsense poem by German writer Christian Morgenstern (1871–1914). It was written around 1895 and published in his book Galgenl...
La Venoge (poem)
"La Venoge" is a poem written by Jean Villard Gilles who also wrote the popular song Les trois cloches. It refers to the River Venoge that flows in the Canton of Vaud, Switzerland to Lake Léman. The p...
The Plot Against the Giant
"The Plot Against the Giant" is a poem from Wallace Stevens's first book of poetry, Harmonium. It was first published in 1917, so it is in the public domain.Second GirlThird GirlStevens was called "th...