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Television

Rating: 4.2

The most important thing we've learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
Them near your television set --
Or better still, just don't install
The idiotic thing at all.
In almost every house we've been,
We've watched them gaping at the screen.
They loll and slop and lounge about,
And stare until their eyes pop out.

(Last week in someone's place we saw
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Robert Frost 24 February 2012

I actually wrote this poem, nice try Dahl

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Poet Dragon 28 November 2012

The Roald not taken, I suppose

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I would just like to take a second to point out how many Hippocrates there are in the comments The first half of the poem... V The most important thing we've learned, So far as children are concerned, Is never, NEVER, NEVER let Them near your television set - Or better still, just don't install The idiotic thing at all. In almost every house we've been, We've watched them gaping at the screen. They loll and slop and lounge about, And stare until their eyes pop out. (Last week in someone's place we saw A dozen eyeballs on the floor.) They sit and stare and stare and sit Until they're hypnotised by it, Until they're absolutely drunk With all that shocking ghastly junk. Oh yes, we know it keeps them still, They don't climb out the window sill, They never fight or kick or punch, They leave you free to cook the lunch And wash the dishes in the sink - But did you ever stop to think, To wonder just exactly what This does to your beloved tot? IT ROTS THE SENSE IN THE HEAD! IT KILLS IMAGINATION DEAD! IT CLOGS AND CLUTTERS UP THE MIND! IT MAKES A CHILD SO DULL AND BLIND HE CAN NO LONGER UNDERSTAND A FANTASY, A FAIRYLAND! HIS BRAIN BECOMES AS SOFT AS CHEESE! HIS POWERS OF THINKING RUST AND FREEZE! HE CANNOT THINK - HE ONLY SEES! - - Is ripped from the 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie. Mike Teavee's song. As such, the writer had to of listened to the movie's song at least 5 times to get every line correct. Do some research people!

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Soumita Sarkar 18 May 2013

i disagree.....TV has been replaced by PSPOs and videogames..........e-library can bring the entire encyclopaedia in you palm............. this poem is redundant now...........a bit.

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The most important thing we've learned, So far as children are concerned, Is never, NEVER, NEVER let Them near your television set - Or better still, just don't install The idiotic thing at all. In almost every house we've been, We've watched them gaping at the screen. They loll and slop and lounge about, And stare until their eyes pop out. (Last week in someone's place we saw A dozen eyeballs on the floor.) They sit and stare and stare and sit Until they're hypnotised by it, Until they're absolutely drunk With all that shocking ghastly junk. Oh yes, we know it keeps them still, They don't climb out the window sill, They never fight or kick or punch, They leave you free to cook the lunch And wash the dishes in the sink - But did you ever stop to think, To wonder just exactly what This does to your beloved tot? IT ROTS THE SENSE IN THE HEAD! IT KILLS IMAGINATION DEAD! IT CLOGS AND CLUTTERS UP THE MIND! IT MAKES A CHILD SO DULL AND BLIND HE CAN NO LONGER UNDERSTAND A FANTASY, A FAIRYLAND! HIS BRAIN BECOMES AS SOFT AS CHEESE! HIS POWERS OF THINKING RUST AND FREEZE! HE CANNOT THINK - HE ONLY SEES! - - I truly, truly hope you guys don't think this is a REAL Poem it's from the 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie. Mike Teavee's song. Google it. and to Roald Dahl - I am truly saddened you'd rip off something like this and claim it was your own. It's not poetry, it's forgery.

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Carson 08 October 2021

Ironic that we're reading this on a screen

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UHHHH..IDK? ? ? 20 September 2021

author: STARING AT THE SCREENS! ! ? ? HOW HORRIBLE! ! READ BOOKS U IDIOTS! !

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Tbugmatt 03 August 2021

BEST. POEM. EVER.

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I like carrots

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welp I think it was pretty good

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