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Roald Dahl

(13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990 / Cardiff / Wales)

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Television


The most important thing we've learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
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  • Mo Jones (8/20/2014 10:28:00 PM)

    To those referring to this as plagiarism-
    Actually, Roald Dahl wrote the book Charlie and The Chocolate Factory in the mid-1960s. Furthermore, the 2005 movie referenced above is a remake of the 1971 movie Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (also based on Dahl's book, obviously.)
    Google is your friend. Please use it to avoid such public displays of your lack of knowledge on subjects such as the one addressed herein. (Report) Reply

  • Roald Dahl is A Rippoff Artist (8/9/2014 2:14:00 AM)

    I would just like to take a second to point out how many Hippocrates there are in the comments
    The first half of the poem...
    V
    The most important thing we've learned,
    So far as children are concerned,
    Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
    Them near your television set -
    Or better still, just don't install
    The idiotic thing at all.
    In almost every house we've been,
    We've watched them gaping at the screen.
    They loll and slop and lounge about,
    And stare until their eyes pop out.
    (Last week in someone's place we saw
    A dozen eyeballs on the floor.)
    They sit and stare and stare and sit
    Until they're hypnotised by it,
    Until they're absolutely drunk
    With all that shocking ghastly junk.
    Oh yes, we know it keeps them still,
    They don't climb out the window sill,
    They never fight or kick or punch,
    They leave you free to cook the lunch
    And wash the dishes in the sink -
    But did you ever stop to think,
    To wonder just exactly what
    This does to your beloved tot?
    IT ROTS THE SENSE IN THE HEAD!
    IT KILLS IMAGINATION DEAD!
    IT CLOGS AND CLUTTERS UP THE MIND!
    IT MAKES A CHILD SO DULL AND BLIND
    HE CAN NO LONGER UNDERSTAND
    A FANTASY, A FAIRYLAND!
    HIS BRAIN BECOMES AS SOFT AS CHEESE!
    HIS POWERS OF THINKING RUST AND FREEZE!
    HE CANNOT THINK - HE ONLY SEES!
    - -
    Is ripped from the 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie.
    Mike Teavee's song.
    As such, the writer had to of listened to the movie's song at least 5 times to get every line correct.
    Do some research people! (Report) Reply

  • Roald Dahl is A Rippoff Artist (8/9/2014 2:09:00 AM)

    The most important thing we've learned,
    So far as children are concerned,
    Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
    Them near your television set -
    Or better still, just don't install
    The idiotic thing at all.
    In almost every house we've been,
    We've watched them gaping at the screen.
    They loll and slop and lounge about,
    And stare until their eyes pop out.
    (Last week in someone's place we saw
    A dozen eyeballs on the floor.)
    They sit and stare and stare and sit
    Until they're hypnotised by it,
    Until they're absolutely drunk
    With all that shocking ghastly junk.
    Oh yes, we know it keeps them still,
    They don't climb out the window sill,
    They never fight or kick or punch,
    They leave you free to cook the lunch
    And wash the dishes in the sink -
    But did you ever stop to think,
    To wonder just exactly what
    This does to your beloved tot?
    IT ROTS THE SENSE IN THE HEAD!
    IT KILLS IMAGINATION DEAD!
    IT CLOGS AND CLUTTERS UP THE MIND!
    IT MAKES A CHILD SO DULL AND BLIND
    HE CAN NO LONGER UNDERSTAND
    A FANTASY, A FAIRYLAND!
    HIS BRAIN BECOMES AS SOFT AS CHEESE!
    HIS POWERS OF THINKING RUST AND FREEZE!
    HE CANNOT THINK - HE ONLY SEES!
    - -



    I truly, truly hope you guys don't think this is a REAL Poem it's from the 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie.
    Mike Teavee's song.
    Google it.


    and to Roald Dahl - I am truly saddened you'd rip off something like this and claim it was your own.
    It's not poetry, it's forgery. (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (5/11/2014 4:18:00 AM)

    A meaningful poem in all its importance that is to be widely discussed about the TV in front of the child which sometimes makes the child dull and un imaginative. Nice and awesome. (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Sanchez (4/28/2014 11:36:00 AM)

    The most important thing we've learned,
    So far as children are concerned,
    Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
    Them near your television set -
    Or better still, just don't install
    The idiotic thing at all.
    In almost every house we've been,
    We've watched them gaping at the screen.
    They loll and slop and lounge ab (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (4/27/2014 12:50:00 AM)

    .......truly a wonderful poem and the television portrayed as a monster is a genius idea...enjoyed... (Report) Reply

  • isam Abdelrahman (3/10/2014 12:54:00 AM)

    Very sorry to confuse between Dahl and the other poet who wrote (No Child) but my opinion on Television is still valid ; I have always admired his novel My Uncle Oswald; he is more a novelist than a poet (Report) Reply

  • Rob Wood (1/25/2014 8:57:00 AM)

    Books are good. But it doesn't seem to occur to him that HE might offer a bit more of HIMSELF. (Report) Reply

  • Terri Lowe (1/6/2014 8:54:00 AM)

    I can't deny, I am a child of the television era. I still read but I cease my thoughts by watching the many streams of TV programs on my computer. Roald Dahl, I will remember this poem if I ever have children. A monstrous temptress! (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (1/4/2014 11:28:00 PM)

    Oh please don't blame the Television set
    But grown up idiots and their reality shows
    Not for kids but grown ups who do get
    Long lazy hours as couch potatoes...............

    I welcome all ye poets reading this to my page (Report) Reply

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