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Television - Poem by Roald Dahl

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!
'All right!' you'll cry. 'All right!' you'll say,
'But if we take the set away,
What shall we do to entertain
Our darling children? Please explain!'
We'll answer this by asking you,
'What used the darling ones to do?
'How used they keep themselves contented
Before this monster was invented?'
Have you forgotten? Don't you know?
We'll say it very loud and slow:
THEY ... USED ... TO ... READ! They'd READ and READ,
AND READ and READ, and then proceed
To READ some more. Great Scott! Gadzooks!
One half their lives was reading books!
The nursery shelves held books galore!
Books cluttered up the nursery floor!
And in the bedroom, by the bed,
More books were waiting to be read!
Such wondrous, fine, fantastic tales
Of dragons, gypsies, queens, and whales
And treasure isles, and distant shores
Where smugglers rowed with muffled oars,
And pirates wearing purple pants,
And sailing ships and elephants,
And cannibals crouching 'round the pot,
Stirring away at something hot.
(It smells so good, what can it be?
Good gracious, it's Penelope.)
The younger ones had Beatrix Potter
With Mr. Tod, the dirty rotter,
And Squirrel Nutkin, Pigling Bland,
And Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and-
Just How The Camel Got His Hump,
And How the Monkey Lost His Rump,
And Mr. Toad, and bless my soul,
There's Mr. Rat and Mr. Mole-
Oh, books, what books they used to know,
Those children living long ago!
So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books,
Ignoring all the dirty looks,
The screams and yells, the bites and kicks,
And children hitting you with sticks-
Fear not, because we promise you
That, in about a week or two
Of having nothing else to do,
They'll now begin to feel the need
Of having something to read.
And once they start -- oh boy, oh boy!
You watch the slowly growing joy
That fills their hearts. They'll grow so keen
They'll wonder what they'd ever seen
In that ridiculous machine,
That nauseating, foul, unclean,
Repulsive television screen!
And later, each and every kid
Will love you more for what you did.


Comments about Television by Roald Dahl

  • Rookie - 54 Points Yildirim Beyazit (11/30/2016 8:44:00 AM)

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  • Gold Star - 4,571 Points Dan Reynolds (11/30/2016 3:41:00 AM)

    We have recently been series recording the Tales of the unexpected episodes on SKY arts. A classic old series of short stories, introduced and partly written by......Ronald Dahl.; -) (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 559 Points Shareq Rahman (11/17/2016 7:06:00 AM)

    I try to read classical poetry and cultural news in seven languages on the internet. I don't buy any books. Paper books are outdated and clumsy for me. But I respect Gutenberg. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Television

  1. 1. Television , Roald Dahl
  2. 2. To Television , Robert Pinsky
  3. 3. Little Black Box Called Television! , Sylvia Chidi
  4. 4. Television Addiction , Dr Hitesh Sheth
  5. 5. Television (Senryu) , Kelly Kurt
  6. 6. Ode To Television Or Why This Isn'T The .. , Nadalia Bagratuni
  7. 7. Television , Wayne Leon Learmond
  8. 8. Top This Television Moment , Jeffrey SpahrSummers
  9. 9. Television , Baidurya Mukherjee
  10. 10. A Soulful Song For The Black And White T.. , Sachin Ketkar
  11. 11. Television And Watches 412b , DAVID GERARDINO
  12. 12. Analogue Television , Diane Hine
  13. 13. She Saw A Man On Television , Sophia White
  14. 14. Those Television Channels , Indira Renganathan
  15. 15. Television , Pierre Rausch
  16. 16. Television , Paul Butters
  17. 17. Promiseland Television Network Or (Mike).. , Joe Rosochacki
  18. 18. Television- The Idiot Box , hariharans sundaram
  19. 19. Mother Teresa (13) The Television Interv.. , Rajaram Ramachandran
  20. 20. Mubarak’s Television Speech Orders Coded.. , Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  21. 21. Television Shows , Hasmukh Amathalal
  22. 22. Listening To The Radio And Television , RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  23. 23. Hebrews 10: 24-25 & Television Ministries , Luke Easter
  24. 24. Television Takes Control , Paula Glynn
  25. 25. Small Television , Naveed Akram
  26. 26. Family Watching Television , Justin Reamer
  27. 27. Television , chandra thiagarajan
  28. 28. Vision Or Television , Ray Lucero
  29. 29. Cable Television , Theresa Ann Moore
  30. 30. Television Footage , Theorem The Truth Serum
  31. 31. This Damn Television , Randy Johnson
  32. 32. Television Survival Drama , Bill Grace
  33. 33. The Anti 24 Hour Television Program From.. , Maria Sudibyo
  34. 34. The Glow Of The Fading Evening's Televis.. , Robert Rorabeck
  35. 35. Religious Television , Michael P. Johnson
  36. 36. The Spider Behind The Television , Paula Glynn
  37. 37. Both Film And Television, The Great Star , Luo Zhihai
  38. 38. Like Television , Hasmukh Amathalal
  39. 39. Television Is Not Your Friend (Television) , R.K. Cowles
  40. 40. I Started Watching Television Again , Denis Kucharski
  41. 41. Television , Gary Diamond
  42. 42. Alone In The Darkness, Watching Televisi.. , Gus Schreiber
  43. 43. Television , Shaun William Hayes
  44. 44. Television , Ilania Cyaalá
  45. 45. Living In A Television , anteaus berryhill
  46. 46. Television , smriti chhibber
  47. 47. Television , KAUSHAL SABOO
  48. 48. 'Love Mexican Style' Is Not A Reality Te.. , Oscar Mireles
  49. 49. A Strike Of Television-Induced Inspiration , Amanda Saveley
  50. 50. Without Television , Jonathan Goldman a.k.a JGthe ..
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