Roald Dahl

(13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990 / Cardiff / Wales)

Television - Poem by Roald Dahl

The most important thing we've learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
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Comments about Television by Roald Dahl

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/6/2017 1:49:00 PM)

    That nauseating, foul, unclean,
    Repulsive television screen!
    And later, each and every kid
    Will love you more for what you did.
    Nice, funny poem.
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  • Katrina S (8/30/2017 6:01:00 AM)

    Dear Mr Dahl where would we be without your magic? Indeed curious what he would have said about the internet. (Report) Reply

  • (7/15/2017 1:56:00 PM)

    Great poem. I, d read more but I gotta go watch The Simpsons rerun on TV. (Report) Reply

  • Michael Hopkins (7/8/2017 6:41:00 AM)

    Very witty and sarcastic poem. Fun to read. (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (6/26/2017 9:25:00 PM)

    to my/our July 2017's 'showcase for and by PH poets'.

    bri :)

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  • Angela Cox (6/4/2017 10:12:00 PM)

    just lovely! this poem is excellent (Report) Reply

  • Awesome Nick (2/22/2017 4:27:00 PM)

    Definitional and non summary (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (2/17/2017 6:16:00 PM)

    A dozen eyeballs on the floor. .............those were probably the snacks that fell from a tipped bowl on the coffee table. a good laugh here. and i think it was fine to not end with a rhyme this time; probably better.

    They don't climb out the window sill, ......i make suggestions to (a) live poets; why not dead ones! ? ................
    ..........................don't you think o'er (for over) would be a wee bit better than out? ? just askin'. no need to respond.

    i think the author forgot to click off the caps lock key on his keyboard! besides, he wanted to sell books, probably, so of course he would dis*** TV viewing! i bet the poet never watched Captain Kangaroo or I Love Lucy. you know, the educational shows i grew up with!
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    *** dis
    verb: diss

    speak disrespectfully to or criticize.
    I don't like her dissing my friends

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    That nauseating, foul, unclean,
    Repulsive television screen! ............ok, Roald (what kind of name is that?) , tell us what you really think about...................................................................................TV!

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    my offering to R. Dahl, et al:

    Before TV, Before Books …..[inspired by Roald Dahl’s poem “Television”; thanks to Rod Mendieta; human development; spare time; medium length; anthropology]

    Before children had books OR TV,
    what DID they do? Now you'll see.

    They hunted, or were carried....
    by their moms who dug up buried...
    tubers and grubs which she could find.
    There were no French fries; they did not mind.

    They played, in all their nakedness, with dogs;
    they practiced walking atop long, fallen logs;
    they lived in Nature, as close as could be done,
    and thought a lot, while at their work or their fun.

    They made up stories to explain what they did see,
    Including the clouds, the beasts, and each living tree.
    They scanned the skies with wide eyes day and night,
    Inventing “constellation” images among the stars bright.

    They did all sorts of things, many of them with great zeal.
    AND, when they were bored, they invented “Writing” and…….
    “the Wheel”.

    (February 17, 2017)

    bri ;)

    Roald's to MyPoemList.
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  • Sylva-onyema Uba (1/26/2017 11:44:00 AM)

    A well punctuated poem. nice piece!

    Sylva-Onyema Uba.
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  • Rod Mendieta (12/14/2016 6:14:00 PM)

    Willie Wonka's dad has done it again!
    Another jewel, full of humour and witty social commentary. Had to mark it as a favorite. Willie Wonka's dad has done it again! (Report) Reply

  • Nishant Pandey (12/13/2016 10:48:00 AM)

    Best ever
    Really many years of experience do you nicely pennes (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (12/11/2016 1:51:00 PM)

    tom allport
    we are slowly being turned in to machines (Report) Reply

  • Dan Reynolds (11/30/2016 3:41:00 AM)

    Oh the irony.
    We have recently been series recording the Tales of the unexpected episodes on SKY arts. A classic old series of short stories, introduced and partly written by......Ronald Dahl.; -) (Report) Reply

  • Shareq Rahman (11/17/2016 7:06:00 AM)

    TV is bad. Internet is worse.
    I try to read classical poetry and cultural news in seven languages on the internet. I don't buy any books. Paper books are outdated and clumsy for me. But I respect Gutenberg. (Report) Reply

  • (11/11/2016 5:14:00 PM)

    Yo homies
    Chingwong in da house love de poem but don't like you haters (Report) Reply

  • (11/11/2016 5:12:00 PM)

    Omg wth this is so amazballs I am so toots inspired 🤑🤑🤑 (Report) Reply

  • (11/11/2016 5:10:00 PM)

    Lollllooloo John chingwong in de house boys (Report) Reply

  • (11/11/2016 5:06:00 PM)

    Lovely lol poem I read it to my hubby and tots (Report) Reply

  • Stephen Loomes (11/6/2016 2:30:00 AM)

    The Slime
    Frank Zappa said it beautifully, I may be vile and pernicious, but you can't look away, I'll make you think I'm delicious with the things that I say......have you guessed me yet? I'm the slime dripping out of your TV set. Well done Roald, war hero, poet and well done Frank for reminding us. (Report) Reply

  • (10/21/2016 11:23:00 AM)

    Wonderful! (Report) Reply

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