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Writing nonsense poems


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Learn how to write nonsense poems.

This lesson includes:

  • three videos

  • three activities



Poetry is about experimenting with words and the sounds they make. Some poems don’t have to have real meaning and can be utter nonsense!

Watch this video to learn more about having fun with words in order to write poetry, like nonsense poems.


Nonsense poems

Nonsense poems swap ordinary words for words you find interesting, funny or that sound good. You can even swap ordinary words for made-up words!

Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear and Spike Milligan are good authors to read if you like nonsense poetry.

How to write a nonsense poem

  • Write down a few sentences about something very ordinary, like making a drink, or going for a walk.
  • Think of some random words you find funny, interesting or sound nice. If you fancy a challenge you can also make up your own words.
  • Swap some of the ordinary words from your sentence for your interesting words.
  • You've written a nonsense poem! Perform it with enthusiasm, actions and exaggerated expressions.


Try activity 1 and 2 and then focus on activity 3.


Activity 3

Now read this famous nonsense poem called The Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll. Can you tackle the questions after you have read the poem?


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