Alan Alexander Milne

(18 January 1882 – 31 January 1956 / Kilburn, London)

At The Zoo - Poem by Alan Alexander Milne

There are lions and roaring tigers,
and enormous camels and things,
There are biffalo-buffalo-bisons,
and a great big bear with wings.
There's a sort of a tiny potamus,
and a tiny nosserus too -
But I gave buns to the elephant
when I went down to the Zoo!

There are badgers and bidgers and bodgers,
and a Super-in-tendent's House,
There are masses of goats, and a Polar,
and different kinds of mouse,
And I think there's a sort of a something
which is called a wallaboo -
But I gave buns to the elephant
when I went down to the Zoo!

If you try to talk to the bison,
he never quite understands;
You can't shake hands with a mingo -
he doesn't like shaking hands.
And lions and roaring tigers
hate saying, "How do you do?" -
But I give buns to the elephant
when I go down to the Zoo!


Comments about At The Zoo by Alan Alexander Milne

  • (11/28/2019 10:39:00 PM)

    A beautiful children's song narrating behavior of a child during visit to zoo.A great sone worthy of modern poem of the day. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/28/2019 2:17:00 PM)

    A visit at the Zoo! !


    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Drtony Brahmin (11/28/2019 9:08:00 AM)

    And lions and roaring tigers
    hate saying, " How do you do? " -
    But I give buns to the elephant
    when I go down to the Zoo! Interesting reflections. tony
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  • Anil Kumar Panda (11/28/2019 9:01:00 AM)

    Nice one. Enjoyed reading it. Thanks. (Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (11/28/2019 8:48:00 AM)

    A very lively poem, but so lively that the poet made
    so many mini mistakes, which for a person who wants to be called closer, can't get through the braces.
    No way, grammar and the right words are the most important in a poem, especially one that has already become classical. I can't say anything else, sorry dear family of the poet.
    Though those irritating mistakes, despite these all I have enjoyed this Zoo
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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (11/28/2019 8:45:00 AM)

    Yes if there are so many species of animals,
    I'd rather feed elephants with bread
    get the lions and tigers talking,
    which does not always work.
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  • Harley White (11/28/2019 6:39:00 AM)

    I've loved Milne since I was a child... (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab Bangalee (11/28/2019 4:22:00 AM)

    the heart is full of love
    for the all animals of world///
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  • Kingsley Egbukole (11/28/2019 2:27:00 AM)

    Making a choice of a friend. Personal. (Report)Reply

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  • Dominic Windram (11/28/2019 2:08:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem by A.A Milne....replete with rollicking rhythms and rhymes. I particularly like the use of alliteration in, ' biffalo, buffalo, bisons' (Report)Reply

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  • (5/5/2014 2:47:00 AM)

    buns only to the elephants. A nice poem from the great mind. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/23/2008 5:14:00 PM)

    Best poem I ever read! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! It had a good up beat to it and a good sense of style

    look up my poems,
    Jasmine Aira
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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