George Poem by Hilaire Belloc


Rating: 3.6

Who played with a Dangerous Toy, and suffered a Catastrophe of considerable Dimensions

When George's Grandmamma was told
That George had been as good as gold,
She promised in the afternoon
To buy him an Immense BALLOON.
And so she did; but when it came,
It got into the candle flame,
And being of a dangerous sort
Exploded with a loud report!
The lights went out! The windows broke!
The room was filled with reeking smoke.
And in the darkness shrieks and yells
Were mingled with electric bells,
And falling masonry and groans,
And crunching, as of broken bones,
And dreadful shrieks, when, worst of all,
The house itself began to fall!
It tottered, shuddering to and fro,
Then crashed into the street below-
Which happened to be Savile Row.

When help arrived, among the dead
Were Cousin Mary, Little Fred,
The Footmen (both of them), the Groom,
The man that cleaned the Billiard-Room,
The Chaplain, and the Still-Room Maid.
And I am dreadfully afraid
That Monsieur Champignon, the Chef,
Will now be permanently deaf-
And both his aides are much the same;
While George, who was in part to blame,
Received, you will regret to hear,
A nasty lump behind the ear.

The moral is that little boys
Should not be given dangerous toys.

Barjinder Singh Randhawa 24 January 2012

the poem can be read through a Marxist perspective...a little mistake by the aristocratic boy led to the demise of many a working class people...what you think? ? ?

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Robin Pershing 19 June 2022

It's just a cautionary tale for naughty children. We really don't need to bring Marx into it.

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Manonton Dalan 24 January 2012

oh! i was thinking that earthquake pushed balloon to candle flame as the house start to crumble... just a thought from once california kid. md

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Pranab K Chakraborty 24 January 2012

Nice wit. Poet at last put a moral just to communicate our idiocy. BALLOON...just a globe could be its match. In Chaplins Great Dictator we have experienced it already. A globe is very much like our loving planet. A child...yes, the bosses, in respect of our planet, are child no doubt. We put the right to administrate our social existence to their hand. So should be conscious before selection...How long is poets length, we don't know but his lucid style of fables introducing in poetry, is unique. Pranab k chakraborty

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Hans Vr 24 January 2012

Cute poem.

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Robin Pershing 19 June 2022

I thought this poem was hilarious when I was a kid.I memorized it.Now I am a grandma, and I recite it to my grandchildren.

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Robin Pershing 19 June 2022

I memorized this poem when I was a kid. I thought it was hilarious then, and it still makes me laugh. Now that I'm a Grandma, I recite it to my grandchildren.

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pooop 02 January 2020

sad for george and the people who had died cause of hm

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Chinedu Dike 28 October 2019

Well expressed thoughts and feelings. An insight piece of poetry written with conviction. Thanks for sharing.

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Dr Antony Theodore 27 October 2019

Moral: The moral is that little boys Should not be given dangerous toys. a very good poem. tony

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