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Roald Dahl

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

The Pig


In England once there lived a big
And wonderfully clever pig.
To everybody it was plain
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  • Sophie Mayes (2/7/2008 7:33:00 AM)

    Some people have missed the point here. Roald Dahl's poems are fun, as is this one. Poetry doesnt have to be about finding oneself all the time and delving into the deeper being. (Report) Reply

  • Sophie Mayes (2/7/2008 7:32:00 AM)

    Some people have missed the point here. Roald Dahl's poems are fun, as is this one. Poetry doesnt have to be about finding oneself all the time and delving into the deeper being. (Report) Reply

  • Jason Moore (7/2/2007 11:33:00 AM)

    Here is a pig with an enormous intellect: 'He's worked out sums inside his head. There isn't a book he hasn't read.' His powers of reasoning are superior, indeed, a master of his mind. But there's one thing he hasn't mastered, and that's his own unruly passions, his deeper, irrational self. This is a sobering truth. No matter how advanced man becomes, he is still a slave to himself. He still cannot control his own heart and its autonomous will toward self-destruction and survival. Roald Dahl often misses the mark with his poetry, but this one of his stronger pieces, by far. (Report) Reply

  • Dimitris(Jimmy) Psachos (6/16/2007 8:25:00 AM)

    Kudos to Roald for a bloody interpretation of a horrific reality. Comic at first, though his kinda misanthropic elements is what makes this lovely pork an excruciating answer towards
    human lust. (Report) Reply

  • Joel Lim (5/3/2007 4:14:00 AM)

    Roald Dahl is more of an author, not really a poet. i adore him and his books!
    i have read james and the giant peach, the adventures of charlie and mr willy wonka, george's marvellous medicine, the witches and all of his books.(i too lazy to write them down.)
    and i finished these when i was 8 years old! now i'm ten, going to 11 on 29 oct 07 (Report) Reply

  • Brian Dorn (7/21/2006 10:40:00 AM)

    Smart pig. Interesting conflict between the 'meaning of life' and 'survival of the fittest.' Well done! (Report) Reply

  • Bronya Dawson (3/10/2005 10:59:00 AM)

    I think it's great that Roald Dahl was a poet and author. Most authors are just authors, and most poets are just poets. I loved this poem. It's funny and it rhymes! (Report) Reply

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