Heinrich Hoffmann Poems
- The Story Of Johnny Head-In-Ai... As he trudged along to ...
- Shock-Headed Peter Just look at him! there he stands, With ...
- The Story Of The Inky Boys As he had often done before, The ...
- Cruel Frederick Here is cruel Frederick, see! A horrid ...
- The Story Of Romping Polly 'I pray you now, my little ...
- Envious Minnie Now Minnie was a pretty girl, Her hair so ...
- The Story Of Fidgety Philip 'Let me see if Philip can Be a ...
Heinrich Hoffmann was a German psychiatrist, who also wrote some short works including Der Struwwelpeter, an illustrated book portraying children misbehaving.
Early Life and Education
Hoffmann was born in Frankfurt on Main to an architect father, Philipp Hoffmann, who was responsible for the city's streets and waterways. Hoffmann's mother died when he was a baby. His father later married her sister, Antoinette Lausberg, who was a loving and more than adequate mother to him. Lazy and easily distracted, Hoffmann at first struggled at school, but became a successful student after conforming to the strict discipline imposed by his demanding father. At university in ... more »
Click here to add this poet to your My Favorite Poets.
The Story Of Johnny Head-In-Air
As he trudged along to school,
It was always Johnny's rule
To be looking at the sky
And the clouds that floated by;
But what just before him lay,
In his way,
Johnny never thought about;
So that every one cried out
'Look at little Johnny there,
Little Johnny Head-In-Air!'
Running just in Johnny's way
Came a little dog one day;
Johnny's eyes were still astray
Up on high,
In the sky;
And he never heard them cry
'Johnny, mind, the dog is nigh!'
Down they fell, with such a thump,
Dog and Johnny in a lump!