Lewis Carroll

(27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898 / Cheshire)

A Game Of Fives

Poem by Lewis Carroll

Five little girls, of Five, Four, Three, Two, One:
Rolling on the hearthrug, full of tricks and fun.

Five rosy girls, in years from Ten to Six:
Sitting down to lessons - no more time for tricks.

Five growing girls, from Fifteen to Eleven:
Music, Drawing, Languages, and food enough for seven!

Five winsome girls, from Twenty to Sixteen:
Each young man that calls, I say "Now tell me which you MEAN!"

Five dashing girls, the youngest Twenty-one:
But, if nobody proposes, what is there to be done?

Five showy girls - but Thirty is an age
When girls may be ENGAGING, but they somehow don't ENGAGE.

Five dressy girls, of Thirty-one or more:
So gracious to the shy young men they snubbed so much before!


Five PASSE girls - Their age? Well, never mind!
We jog along together, like the rest of human kind:
But the quondam "careless bachelor" begins to think he knows
The answer to that ancient problem "how the money goes"!


Comments about A Game Of Fives by Lewis Carroll

  • Aidan Wiedrich (3/19/2019 11:03:00 AM)

    Lewis Carroll was a lolicon(Report)Reply

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  • esmaeil  AAabediniesmaeil AAabedini (8/18/2016 12:19:00 AM)

    ..... thank you! ! ! ! ! !(Report)Reply

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  • Mysterious Writer 333 (5/17/2016 9:51:00 AM)

    I loved the way this poem rhymed and at the same time held so much meaning!(Report)Reply

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  • M Asim NehalM Asim Nehal (10/4/2015 2:47:00 PM)

    Superb rhythmic poem.....(Report)Reply

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  • Akshansh Poonam PandeyAkshansh Poonam Pandey (7/31/2015 2:58:00 AM)

    The Age content is made very wisely. The poems rhymes good.(Report)Reply

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  • Abdalla Juma Shenga (7/15/2015 6:10:00 AM)

    the rhyme is good. fun to read.(Report)Reply

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  • Yikum Shiferaw (12/15/2014 11:59:00 PM)

    I loved the rrhymes and creativity.(Report)Reply

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  • Yikum Shiferaw (12/15/2014 11:58:00 PM)

    I love the rhymes and his creativity.(Report)Reply

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  • Michelle ClausMichelle Claus (9/16/2014 11:36:00 AM)

    Perfect! This poem must have been as fun to compose as it is to read. I enjoy the various ways in which Carroll describes the five girls' ages at the start of each stanza. I've been thinking a lot about the stages of life that a female passes through, because now I'm entering Passe. Time to step aside and make room for the new generation of dashing, showy, and dressy ladies. Such is the rhythm of Life. Bittersweet, indeed.(Report)Reply

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  • Aftab Alam KhursheedAftab Alam Khursheed (9/16/2014 2:26:00 AM)

    Play kids, schooling, teens and passe in rhythm of ages enjoyable and sad subject to situation fantastic(Report)Reply

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  • Oduro Bright Amoh (9/16/2014 1:34:00 AM)

    Sweet and fun to read(Report)Reply

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  • Angelina Holmes (5/6/2014 8:48:00 PM)

    Love the rhymes. Always fun to read.(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (4/1/2014 2:46:00 PM)

    .....one of my favourite poets...love the alice in wonderland story....and enjoyed this lovely piece...(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (2/17/2014 8:47:00 AM)

    A fascinating poem and when it reaches the last the age thirty one or more really fantastic poem to entertainment.(Report)Reply

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  • Liliana ~el (9/16/2013 4:10:00 PM)

    Right on! Truly fun and enticing :)(Report)Reply

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  • Myla Rose GiganteMyla Rose Gigante (9/16/2013 6:15:00 AM)

    I love this poem! ^_^(Report)Reply

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  • Karen Sinclair (9/16/2013 3:45:00 AM)

    One of my favourite writers. This has humour and encourages a moment of pity in the middle A fun clever piece although I must say not one of my favourites of his. Yet as ever such a comfortable flow. Tyvm Karen(Report)Reply

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  • Karen Sinclair (9/16/2013 3:44:00 AM)

    One of my favourite writers. This has humour and encourages a moment of pity in the middle A fun clever piece although I must say not one of my favourites of his. Yet as ever such a comfortable flow. Tyvm Karen(Report)Reply

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  • Marie Beach (9/16/2013 3:31:00 AM)

    Cute continuation of life.......(Report)Reply

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  • Nasarudheen ParameswaranNasarudheen Parameswaran (9/16/2013 3:02:00 AM)

    When money matters all collapse.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002