Hilaire Belloc

(27 July 1870 – 16 July 1953 / La Celle-Saint-Cloud)

George - Poem by Hilaire Belloc

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

When George's Grandmamma was told
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  • (11/26/2016 4:13:00 PM)

    (George by Hilaire Belloc.) **Poem with a great moral. (Report) Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (10/27/2016 6:48:00 PM)

    Sin is a danger zone that can spark the flames of hell......
    Always be on guard against evil deeds......
    Congrats for being selected...... Good job....
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  • Susan Williams (10/27/2016 4:44:00 PM)

    This was a fun read! I enjoyed his wit and his imagination. I can see why some readers added a dark meaning to these words and really the poem works that way too... but it is nice to have some things just be goofy in this dark world. (Report) Reply

  • (10/27/2016 7:38:00 AM)

    Brilliant write to stress the moral that little boys should not be given dangerous toys. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/27/2016 2:31:00 AM)

    Dangerous toys! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Vaughan Jones (1/24/2014 10:33:00 AM)

    Hilaire Belloc died in the 1950's. He was a Liberal MP for six years but when he lost office he seldom found any significant employment again. He wrote many books and serious papers but the only work which found any popularity and provided him with a slender source of income was fun poetry, supposedly for children, but with great appeal for adults. This is one of his many humorous poems. No political satire intended. (Report) Reply

  • Barjinder Singh Randhawa (1/24/2012 10:33:00 PM)

    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? ? ? (Report) Reply

  • Hans Vr (1/24/2012 6:55:00 AM)

    Cute poem. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (1/24/2012 5:43:00 AM)

    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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  • (1/24/2012 4:48:00 AM)

    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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  • Paul Brookes (1/24/2012 3:46:00 AM)

    All politicians should be made to raed this everyday then maybe they would think twice about starting wars. Great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (1/24/2011 9:41:00 AM)

    Mankind is a boy with dangerous toys! (Report) Reply

  • (1/27/2010 10:57:00 AM)

    I love this poem because it seems as it is written for me and my two year old grandson. His name is George so I find the poem very amusing. I can't wait for when he understands it. (Report) Reply

  • (1/24/2010 6:44:00 PM)

    I admire the melody of the poem! (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (1/24/2010 1:38:00 AM)

    Humorous expression of balloon explosion leading to all kinds of destruction shows Hilaire Belloc's skill in descriptive beauty in poetry and he is par excellence in this art no doubt! (Report) Reply

  • (9/8/2008 2:00:00 AM)

    Someone should read this poem every morning to George W. Bush.

    It should also be read into the Congessional Record, and hand delivered to every senator
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  • (7/20/2007 1:43:00 PM)

    This really reminds me of Roald Dahl's poems - same style, same cautionary theme. (Report) Reply

  • (1/24/2007 6:06:00 PM)

    Lol, cute poem.: -)

    but poor George!
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  • (2/3/2006 11:39:00 AM)

    Also loved the comments about our other George how apt. (Report) Reply

  • (2/3/2006 11:37:00 AM)

    I laughed out loud at this. excellent! ! (Report) Reply

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