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Matilda Who Told Lies, And Was Burned To Death

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Matilda told such Dreadful Lies,
It made one Gasp and Stretch one's Eyes;
Her Aunt, who, from her Earliest Youth,
Had kept a Strict Regard for Truth,
Attempted to Believe Matilda:
The effort very nearly killed her,
And would have done so, had not She
Discovered this Infirmity.
For once, towards the Close of Day,
Matilda, growing tired of play,

And finding she was left alone,
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Saturday, April 3, 2010
Topic(s) of this poem: lies
Jason Andriezen 28 April 2010

in our book. this is called a Humors poem. How can it be a humors poem if matilda dies

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Saumya Gilra 24 May 2013

wonderful poem and surprising rhymes.it is a very nice one.

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John Richter 30 January 2015

The boy who cried wolf once too often! Only expressed so magically wonderfully! This is my introduction to Mr. Belloc, which has quickly joined my ranks of favorite poets....

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Crane 10 December 2020

From 'Cautionary Tales' for children! Satirical verses poking fun at the stern moralistic poems (The Boy Stood on the Burning Deck, is a good example of the genre) written in the Victorian/Edwardian era! I love that couplet, 'To see that Interesting Play, The Second Mrs Tanqueray'

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jayne anthony 21 February 2020

all about Matilde's poem please

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Aaron Marchant 07 December 2018

Readers may wish to compare this verse with this earlier work by Ann Taylor https: //www.poemhunter.com/poem/meddlesome-matty/

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Hannah Romeb 08 January 2017

It is a hummer poem for its irony - like the boy who cried wolf, Matilda lied and gets burned for it other than both burned literally rather than figuratively which is what would happen mostly when a child lies- i.e. they are scolded by their parents

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Jayatissa K. Liyanage 31 January 2015

Kind of story, heme wise, very familiar with. Yet, a fresh feeling crept up while reading the poem. what ever it is, message is universal and eternal. Never be a liar! Great Poem.

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