Roald Dahl

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

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The most important thing we've learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
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  • 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

  • Okeme James Jerome (12/8/2013 11:25:00 PM)

    Great poem, well said. The T.V has been given a very prominent position in every home. It is indeed a monster. Nice one. (Report) Reply

  • Francis G Kariuki (11/15/2013 1:08:00 AM)

    It's more than Awesome! ! ! ... I love it big and promise to heed by it's message; makes lots of sense. (Report) Reply

  • Zak Pearce (11/4/2013 6:58:00 AM)

    Great structure! Great rhyme! : D Reminds me a little of my poem about the YouTube comment section... I think that this was rather an amusing poem, with a poignant message behind it. (Report) Reply

  • Verléin Mc Kiernan (9/17/2013 4:10:00 PM)

    I do love this poem, but I believe television has moved on from Dahl's time, and masterpieces can be found and accessed by the masses. Some struggle with reading, but struggling with television is not common place. Breaking Bad, The Wire, The Sopranos, all are tales that will endure as cinematic stunners. (Report) Reply

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