Robert Louis Stevenson

(1850-1894 / Edinburgh / Scotland)

A Good Boy - Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson

I woke before the morning, I was happy all the day,
I never said an ugly word, but smiled and stuck to play.

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Comments about A Good Boy by Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Susan Williams (2/12/2016 2:47:00 PM)


    A very gentle poem describing a boy's life that doesn't seem to fit in with the boisterous tones of his other poems- I wonder if he feels pity for this youngster instead of a pride in his nightmare-less life. (Report) Reply

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  • Talib Deen (8/14/2013 9:58:00 PM)


    check out my poem pls (Report) Reply

  • (8/14/2013 7:23:00 PM)


    He's talking himself into having a nightmare-free sleep.Have a look at Coleridge's 'The Nightingale' and my 'A Father's Tale' for different takes on nightmares. (Report) Reply

  • (8/14/2013 9:34:00 AM)


    It seems to me that its a metaphor speaking to how we should behave as adults, which is to lead a simple life, be as noble as one can be and be thankful to be alive. -LP (Report) Reply

  • (3/27/2013 5:56:00 AM)


    i mean its ok its very unatrual but hes also unique in character (Report) Reply

  • Jacob Bearer (8/14/2012 2:22:00 PM)


    Yeah, there's something unnatural about this poem! I would think a good boy would have a sling shot in his hand and a neighbor's broken window pane, or a can of cooked beans steaming next to what was once grandpa's tool shed - now there's a good boy. This just isn't a poem I think I'll want to revisit; unless someone can give me a coupe reasons to do so...thoughts? (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (8/14/2012 12:10:00 PM)


    Everyone has missed the unnaturalness of this little boy's life. Stephenson's nurse was a strict Calvinist and her religion and folk beliefs were an early source of nightmares for the boy. It is as though he has to keep a grip on himself to earn a good night. The mention of the ugly dreams indicates that he was not a stranger to them. This is not the poem of a happy boy. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (8/14/2012 1:46:00 AM)


    till tomorrow is wrong. He is saying that he will see the sun arise all night! (Report) Reply

  • (8/14/2011 7:24:00 AM)


    Awesome indeed.it strikes on innocence and living without worries unlike Adults.very awesome indeed (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (8/14/2010 2:05:00 AM)


    A good boy's daily routine is well said in a simple way by the poet! (Report) Reply

  • (4/25/2010 10:21:00 AM)


    Just chanced upon this poem on here, and it almost made me cry. I chose this poem as an 8 or 9 year old at school to try to memorise and recite in a school assembly or something.

    It just reminds me of childhood innocence, and I remember really believing in this poem, and doing my best to live like this. This was back when I believed in the Catholic Church, of course. Oh, how I have changed since then, but I must always try and remember this poem, and keep trying to live this way.

    Beautiful, simple words, I love the last couplet, and I think I will read this to my kids each night before they go to sleep, as we have a lilac tree outside their bedroom window.

    Thank you, Mr Stevenson.
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  • (8/14/2009 4:36:00 PM)


    awsum poem i like it very much (Report) Reply

  • Ravi A (8/14/2009 11:29:00 AM)


    A very nice poem that reminds us to be good like him. Great poets are like this. They have a positive idea for the world. The rhyme scheme is also good. R L Stevenson has written a number of poems for children of all generation. 'Garden of verses' is a compilation of such poems. If these poems are still remembered, it means that they contain serene reflection of life. Let us breathe that fresh air. (Report) Reply

  • (8/14/2009 3:31:00 AM)


    Oh he is my favourite One! ! What a lovely poem that keeps me fresh and cool like him. A great poet stevenson.! ! ! ! Lots of love to Stevenson. (Report) Reply

  • (8/14/2009 1:29:00 AM)


    Fantastic couplet and rhyme scheme (Report) Reply

  • (8/14/2008 12:24:00 PM)


    There is good use of rhyme in this couplet. The meter is very good. (Report) Reply

  • Marilyn Lott (8/14/2007 8:54:00 AM)


    What a sweet and refreshing poem. I shall read more of his work!

    Marilyn
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  • (9/17/2006 7:36:00 AM)


    If only more boys were like that, we would live in a better world! ! (Report) Reply



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