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Television - Poem by Roald Dahl

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?
'All right!' you'll cry. 'All right!' you'll say,
'But if we take the set away,
What shall we do to entertain
Our darling children? Please explain!'
We'll answer this by asking you,
'What used the darling ones to do?
'How used they keep themselves contented
Before this monster was invented?'
Have you forgotten? Don't you know?
We'll say it very loud and slow:
THEY ... USED ... TO ... READ! They'd READ and READ,
AND READ and READ, and then proceed
To READ some more. Great Scott! Gadzooks!
One half their lives was reading books!
The nursery shelves held books galore!
Books cluttered up the nursery floor!
And in the bedroom, by the bed,
More books were waiting to be read!
Such wondrous, fine, fantastic tales
Of dragons, gypsies, queens, and whales
And treasure isles, and distant shores
Where smugglers rowed with muffled oars,
And pirates wearing purple pants,
And sailing ships and elephants,
And cannibals crouching 'round the pot,
Stirring away at something hot.
(It smells so good, what can it be?
Good gracious, it's Penelope.)
The younger ones had Beatrix Potter
With Mr. Tod, the dirty rotter,
And Squirrel Nutkin, Pigling Bland,
And Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and-
Just How The Camel Got His Hump,
And How the Monkey Lost His Rump,
And Mr. Toad, and bless my soul,
There's Mr. Rat and Mr. Mole-
Oh, books, what books they used to know,
Those children living long ago!
So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books,
Ignoring all the dirty looks,
The screams and yells, the bites and kicks,
And children hitting you with sticks-
Fear not, because we promise you
That, in about a week or two
Of having nothing else to do,
They'll now begin to feel the need
Of having something to read.
And once they start -- oh boy, oh boy!
You watch the slowly growing joy
That fills their hearts. They'll grow so keen
They'll wonder what they'd ever seen
In that ridiculous machine,
That nauseating, foul, unclean,
Repulsive television screen!
And later, each and every kid
Will love you more for what you did.

Comments about Television by Roald Dahl

  • M S Newhadney 10/29/2020 11:17:00 AM

    it is true that some TV programs are so superficial that you like to agree the main theme expressed in the poem above.but if we open our mind we can conclude that TV like any other medium can show both weak and powerful programs. it depends on us to be able to choose the programs we like and find useful and meaningful. Reply

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  • Brady Scarpino 10/26/2020 9:57:00 AM

    Awesome poem! I love it! Reply

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  • GAURAV MAURYA 10/19/2020 10:47:00 AM

    Very bad poem, , , , Reply

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  • Insha Sohab 10/16/2020 10:44:00 AM

    This is one of the most fantastic poems I've ever read in all the long years of my life!

    Wonderful! ! 👍😍

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  • Neo Moeng 10/7/2020 11:17:00 AM

    The poem is nice.
    But the tone isn't that good

    Brady Scarpino (10/26/2020 9:59:00 AM)

    All tones are like that.

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  • wow wow 10/7/2020 6:03:00 AM

    nice it was good but not satisfying Reply

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  • Kaveri 10/6/2020 10:41:00 PM

    You know this is A MASTERPIECE...provided that you are not supposed to learn it for exams, , , 🤣🤯😒 Reply

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  • Brady Knutson 10/2/2020 11:19:00 AM

    I like the rhyming sound and the I like the rhyming sound and the the words that they used when they were talking. I like how they try and get rid of the television. watch that much TV because it will not make you think straight. Reply

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  • RIley 10/1/2020 8:45:00 AM

    i dont like it nothing was true Reply

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  • L Milton Hankins 9/20/2020 8:53:00 PM

    A magnificent piece of work...and so true, I fear! Reply

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Television Poems
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  12. 12. A Soulful Song For The Black And White T..
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  13. 13. Black And White Television
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  14. 14. Television And Watches 412b
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  16. 16. Television Shows
    Hasmukh Amathalal
  17. 17. Listening To The Radio And Television
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  19. 19. Religious Television
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  24. 24. This Damn Television
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  25. 25. Television Survival Drama
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  27. 27. The Glow Of The Fading Evening's Televis..
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  28. 28. Anchorman Of Television
    Bernard F. Asuncion
  29. 29. Television
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  30. 30. Both Film And Television, The Great Star
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  31. 31. Like Television
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  32. 32. While Watching Nine Eleven On The Televi..
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  33. 33. Uplifting Live Television Interviews
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  34. 34. The Television Enthusiast
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  35. 35. She Saw A Man On Television
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  36. 36. Television Is Not Your Friend (Television)
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  37. 37. Television
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  38. 38. Alone In The Darkness, Watching Televisi..
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  39. 39. All Eyes Gluedon Television
    Rimni chakravarty
  40. 40. Television
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  41. 41. Television
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  42. 42. Television
    Ilania Cyaalá
  43. 43. Television
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  44. 44. Promiseland Television Network Or (Mike)..
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  45. 45. Living In A Television
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  46. 46. Television
  47. 47. Television
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  49. 49. Wife Who Smashed Television Gets Jail
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  50. 50. Television - Hot Rod Shows
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Television Poems

  1. To Television

    Not a "window on the world" But as we call you, A box a tube Terrarium of dreams and wonders. Coffer of shades, ordained Cotillion of phosphors Or liquid crystal Homey miracle, tub Of acquiescence, vein of defiance. Your patron in the pantheon would be Hermes Raster dance, Quick one, little thief, escort Of the dying and comfort of the sick, In a blue glow my father and little sister sat Snuggled in one chair watching you Their wife and mother was sick in the head I scorned you and them as I scorned so much Now I like you best in a hotel room, Maybe minutes Before I have to face an audience: behind The doors of the armoire, box Within a box--Tom & Jerry, or also brilliant And reassuring, Oprah Winfrey. Thank you, for I watched, I watched Sid Caesar speaking French and Japanese not Through knowledge but imagination, His quickness, and Thank You, I watched live Jackie Robinson stealing Home, the image--O strung shell--enduring Fleeter than light like these words we Remember in, they too winged At the helmet and ankles.

  2. Little Black Box Called Television!

    I watch it Morning, day and night The plasma screens are quite a sight Soap Operas, Reality Shows, Movies I watch anything there is to see But the little black box called Television Gets on my nerves Images of other people’s life it serves As a daily dish to my vision Even my own ideas about fashion Are ruthlessly destroyed in its mission To impose on me of how to live But I love Television I am addicted to Television Like glue is to paper Or love making is to a beginner I am its concubine with my permission Please at me, don't point a finger When I am lonely It is easier to pretend The images presented by TV Are my friends When I am horny Without sounding funny I can make love in my bed After breakfast in bed To anyone from the TVs images Now endorsed into my head That little black box Sucks, it really sucks It is just a vicious circle Bed, Work, Television and Bed Bed, Work, Television and Bed Bed, Work, Television and Bed Copyright 2006 - Sylvia Chidi

  3. Television Addiction

    Tom said, ” My! Dearest Friend Hick, Why do you appear so weak and sick? Do you have any major stress? , You seem to be in a great distress.' 'Has your father excluded you from his will? , Or has your wife again incurred a hefty bill? 'Has your son topped from bottom in his class? Or has your boss again called you an 'ass' ' Has your daughter courted the trouble same? , By courting that wanton Casanova again.' Hick replied, 'These are the trivial things, That cannot diminish my zest and zing Now I have lost interest in life, Because cable operators are again on strike.”

  4. Television By Roald Dahl (Hindi Translation)

    टेलीविज़न मूल कविता: रोएल्ड डह्ल हिंदी अनुवाद रजनीश मंगा द्वारा सबसे बड़ी चीज़ जो हमने सीखी है, जहाँ तक कि बच्चों का संबंध है, उनको टेलीविज़न सेट के पास तक कभी फटकने तक नहीं देना चाहिए- और भी बेहतर यह होगा कि आप इस इडियट बॉक्स को लगवाएं ही नहीं. लगभग हर घर में, जहां जहां हम गये, हमने उन्हें मुँह बाये टीवी स्क्रीन को देखते पाया. उन्हें निठल्लों की भांति बैठे आप सब ने देखा होगा, टीवी स्क्रीन को तकते जब तक आँखें न थक जायें. (अभी पिछले हफ्ते किसी के घर में फर्श पर बैठे देखी हमने दर्जन भर आँखों की पुतलियाँ) वह बैठे तकते रहते हैं और तकते बैठे रहते हैं जैसे उनको सम्मोहन से बाँध रखा हो इसने, जैसे उनको किसी नशे ने कर डाला हो मदहोश खतरनाक है टीवी पर जो कचरा आता है. हाँ, हमें ज्ञात है वह रखता है उन सबको मशगूल, तब खिड़की की सिल पर चढ़ना जाता उनको भूल, धींगा-मुश्ती, धमा-चौकड़ी न कोई और प्रपंच, तब ही तो इतनी जल्दी से बन जाता है लंच और सिंक में रखे बर्तन भी हो जाते साफ़— कभी आपने सोचा भी है, यदि करेगे माफ़, इन सारी बातों का आखिर क्या निकला अंजाम? है आपके प्यारे बच्चों पर क्या इसका परिणाम? यह उनके दिमाग की सोच को ही कुंद कर देगा! यह उनकी कल्पनाशीलता को ही मार डालेगा! यह उनके मन को ग़ैरजरूरी चीजों से भर देगा! यह एक बच्चे के मन को सुस्त व अँधा कर देगा! उसको समझ में आना बंद हो जायेगा कि कल्पना की उड़ान क्या होती है और परियाँ कहाँ रहती हैं! उसका दिमाग़ पनीर की माफ़िक नरम हो जाता है! वह सोच नहीं पाता- बस देखता रहता है! ‘ठीक है! ' आप चिल्लायेंगे. ‘ठीक है! ' आप कहेंगे, ‘लेकिन यदि हम टीवी सेट को कहीं रख भी देंगे, हम अपने प्यारे बच्चों का दिल बहलाने और क्या करेंगे? कृपया समझायें! ' हम इसका उत्तर देने से पहले आपसे पूछेंगे, ‘बच्चे पहले क्या किया करते थे? इस शैतानी डब्बे का आविष्कार होने से पहले वे अपने आप को किस प्रकार व्यस्त रखते थे? क्या तुम भूल गए? क्या तुम्हें पता नहीं? तब आप धीमी आवाज़ में अटकते हुए बतलायेंगे: वो.... पढ़ा.... करते थे! पढ़ते थे और पढ़ते थे और फिर कुछ और पढ़ा करते थे. यह किताब! वह किताब! उनका आधा जीवन किताबें पढने में बीतता था! उनकी नर्सरी में किताबों से भरी अलमारियां होती थीं! नर्सरी के फ़र्श तक पर किताबें बिखरी रहतीं! और उनके सोने के कमरे में, बिस्तर के निकट, जिनमें कितनी ही किताबें अभी पढ़ी जानी थीं! इतनी लोमहर्षक, सुंदर, आश्चर्यलोक की कहानियां अज़दहों, खानाबदोशों, रानियों व व्हेलों की कथाएं और खजाने से भरे टापू, दूरदराज के समुद्री तट जहाँ स्मगलर लोग बेआवाज़ चप्पुओं वाली कश्ती से जाते थे, और जहां समुद्री लुटेरे बैंगनी रंग वाली पैंट पहनते थे, और जहाँ वे जहाज या हाथियों पर चलते थे, और जहां आदमखोर लोग देग के सामने घुटनों के बल बैठा करते, गरम गरम पकवान की उम्मीद में हिलते हुए. (इतनी अच्छी खुशबू वाली क्या चीज हो सकती है? भाई वाह, यह तो पेनीलोप या भारी भरकम टर्की है) छोटे बच्चों की पसंद है बीट्रिक पॉटर की किताबें जिसमें थी चालाक लोमड़ी, जिसे धूल में खेलना था पसंद और नटकिन गिलहरी, पिगलिंग ब्लैंड, और मिसेज़ टिग्गी विंकल और ऊंटों के कूबड़ की उत्त्पत्ति कैसे हुई, और बंदरों का पिछला हिस्सा ऐसे कैसे हो गया, और मेंढक मि. टोड, और भगवान तुम्हारा भला करे, मि. रैट और मि. मोल ओह, किताबें, कैसी कैसी किताबें पढ़ते थे वो, वो सब बच्चे जो बहुत पहले यहाँ रहते थे! आपकी यह बड़ी कृपा होगी, हमारी इल्तिजा भी है, जाइए पहले अपने टीवी सैट फेंक कर आइये, और इसके स्थान पर आप लगा सकते हैं अपनी दीवार पर एक खूबसूरत सा बुक-शेल्फ़ तत्पश्चात इसके शेल्फों को ढेरों किताबों से भर दें, टीवी पर दिखने वाले घटिया दृश्यों को चीखने-चिल्लाने, काट-खाने या लतियाने वाले दृश्यों को, और बच्चे यदि आपको छड़ी दिखायें उसे नज़रअंदाज़ करें डरो मत/ क्योंकि हम तुमसे वादा करते हैं जब उसके बाद आपके पास करने को कुछ नहीं होगा उसके लगभग एक या दो हफ्ते बाद ही उनके अंदर किताबें पढ़ने की लालसा जागृत होने लगेगी. और यह सब एक बार शुरू होते ही/ ओह बच्चो/ ओह बच्चो! आप देखेंगे कि आपकी खुशी धीरे धीरे बढ़ने लगी है उनके दिन ख़ुशी से भर जायेंगे. जिज्ञासा बढती जाएगी वो हैरान होंगे कि वे अब तक क्या देखते रहे थे टीवी नाम की वह बेहूदा मशीन और उसकी उबकाई लाने वाली / बेहूदा / व्यर्थ सी और दिमाग़ खराब करने वाली टीवी स्क्रीन! और बाद में / हर एक बच्चा आपने जो किया उसके लिये आपको और भी प्यार करेगा. (Apparently, this poem was written by Roald Dahl long back when TV had just come into our homes and had become a handy source of entertainment especially for children. This fascination soon turned into an addiction at the cost of decent entertainment and their studies. Internet, videos, CDs and mobile phones had not yet come in our lives. May be the poet's reaction after all these changes taking place would have been more acerbic) . We hope the poet ought to have taken positive aspects, too, in consideration.