Roald Dahl Poems
- Television The most important thing we've learned, So far as...
- The Pig In England once there lived a big And wonderfully ...
- Hot And Cold A woman who my mother knows Came in and took ...
- "Mike Teavee..." The most important thing we've learned, So...
- Cinderella I guess you think you know this story. You don't....
- St Ives As I was going to St Ives I met a man with seven ...
- Little Red Riding Hood And The... As soon as Wolf began to ...
a British novelist, short story writer, fighter pilot and screenwriter.
His parents were from Norway, but he was born in Wales, 1916. The family used to spend the summer holidays on a little Norwegian island, swimming, fishing and going by boat. When Roald was four years old, his father died, so his mother had to organise the trip alone for herself and her six children.
At school, he was always homesick. At St. Peter's Prep School, all the letters home were controlled by the headmaster, and afterwards at Repton Public School, he had to wear a horrible school uniform [with braces, waist coat, hat and lots of buttons, all black]. The younger boys were often punished by ... more »
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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.