Godfrey Gordon Gustavus Gore Poem by William Brighty Rands

Godfrey Gordon Gustavus Gore

Rating: 2.6


Godfrey Gordon Gustavus Gore —
No doubt you have heard the name before —
Was a boy who never would shut a door!

The wind might whistle, the wind might roar,
And teeth be aching and throats be sore,
But still he never would shut the door.

His father would beg, his mother implore,
'Godfrey Gordon Gustavus Gore,
We really do wish you would shut the door!'

Their hands they wrung, their hair they tore;
But Godfrey Gordon Gustavus Gore
Was deaf as the buoy out at the Nore.

When he walked forth the folks would roar,
'Godfrey Gordon Gustavus Gore,
Why don't you think to shut the door?'

They rigged up a Shutter with sail and oar,
And threatened to pack off Gustavus Gore
On a voyage of penance to Singapore.

But he begged for mercy and said, 'No more!
Pray do not send me to Singapore
On a Shutter, and then I will shut the door!'

'You will?' said his parents; 'then keep on shore!
But mind you do! For the plague is sore
Of a fellow that never will shut the door,
Godfrey Gordon Gustavus Gore!'

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
M Asim Nehal 23 January 2017

Inspiring and motivating poem.

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Yeet 02 February 2022

Good peom

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Milton D Souza 08 June 2021

It's a poem in my 4th-grade textbook. It's full of satire and humor, when this line in the first stanza 'Godfrey Gordon Gustavus Gore' is some kind of poetic device called alliteration

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Aryavardhan Soni 19 July 2022

eceryone knows

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PKGosain 11 January 2019

My dad made me learn this poem in 1952 when I was in class3.Yes, because I used to always forget to close the door when I rushed in after playing games with neighborhood boys.Some stanzas still stick with me to date.Now I think it was quite an enjoyable poem.....but then I didn't.

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Nanu Aryal 27 June 2018

How to describe 4th stanza

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LAKSHMI 08 May 2018

what nonsense............i don't like this poem

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