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An old children’s rhyme

Every name is called a NOUN,
As field and fountain, street and town;
In place of noun the PRONOUN stands,
As he and she can clap their hands;
The ADJECTIVE describes a thing,
As magic wand and bridal ring;
The VERB means action, something done –
To read and write, to jump and run;
How things are done, the ADVERBS tell,
As quickly, slowly, badly, well;
The PREPOSITION shows relation,
As in the street, or at the station;
CONJUNCTIONS join, in many ways,
Sentences, words, or phrase and phrase;
The INTERJECTION cries out, ‘Hark!
I need an exclamation mark!

Through Poetry, we learn how each
of these make up THE PARTS OF SPEECH.

13 Responses to “An old children’s rhyme”

  1. anne says:

    Fantastic. I’m going to chant this and annoy everyone I know.

    Do you know “Know More Miss Steaks”, a spelling/grammar variant on this theme?

    jb says: No, I don’t know the Miss Steaks one. Are you going to tell us?

  2. HijabMan says:

    Man, where was this when I was learning grammar?! haha.

    jb says: It’s been around for a long time, but all our teachers didn’t know it.

  3. Brian Hadd says:

    The parts of speech I wish I knew
    like cattle makes the grasses grow.
    Dear me I feel I’ve lost my sense!
    Thanks John for any compliments.

  4. anne says:

    You got it!

    Often called “An Owed to the Spelling Checker”

    I have a spelling checker.
    It came with my pea, see.
    It plane lee marks four my revue
    Miss steaks aye can knot sea.

    Eye ran this poem threw it,
    Your sure reel glad two no.
    Its vary polished in it’s weigh,
    My checker tolled me sew.

    A checker is a bless sing,
    It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
    It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
    And aides me when aye rime.

    Each frays come posed up on my screen
    Eye trussed to bee a joule
    The checker poured o’er every word
    To cheque sum spelling rule.

    Bee four a veiling checkers
    Hour spelling mite decline,
    And if were lacks or have a laps,
    We wood be maid to wine.

    Butt now bee cause my spelling
    Is checked with such grate flare,
    Their are know faults with in my cite,
    Of none eye am a wear.

    Now spelling does knot phase me,
    It does knot bring a tier.
    My pay purrs awl due glad den
    With wrapped words fare as hear.

    To rite with care is quite a feet
    Of witch won should be proud.
    And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
    Sew flaws are knot aloud.

    Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays
    Such soft ware for pea seas,
    And why I brake in two averse
    By righting wants too peas.

    jb says: Wonderful, Anne. Where does this come from?

  5. anne says:

    I’m glad you like it – I thought you would. I have no idea where it originates, though. I was shown it years ago by someone who wanted to point out that proofreading is still necessary even in the computer spell-check world. It makes the point so well.

    jb says: I like my spell-checker, but I no it lets me down when I’m knot looking.

  6. bloglily says:

    Hark!/I need an exclamation mark — that just made my top ten favorite lines of poetry, along with “there are too many waterfalls here” (the wonderful Elizabeth Bishop).

    xo! BL

    jb says: Hi Bloglily, it’s great to be adding to such an eclectic collection.
    There are too many waterfalls here; the crowded streams
    hurry too rapidly down to the sea,
    and the pressure of so many clouds on the mountaintops
    makes them spill over the sides in soft slow-motion,
    turning to waterfalls under our very eyes.

  7. sue burgess says:

    I learned the every name is called a noun poem at school 35 years ago and could still remember most of it. Thank you for filling in the gaps!

    jb says: Memories, eh, Sue.

  8. Ham says:

    Haha, im 15 and were learning this poem at school for exams!

    jb says: Synchronicity, Ham?

  9. Ashley Dee says:

    hey i love this poem, it helps with my close reading. i wish we learnt it at school i’m sure the rest of the class would benefit too. i was just wondering if you had seen any other versions, as i came across this poem on another website yet the second last verse was slightly different –
    The interjection shows aurprise
    As :”Oh how pretty!” “Ah! How wise!”
    though i totally love your version better lol

  10. Sarah says:

    hows about i learnt this poem last year ! totally old school! but i like it though its good for helping you with english .

  11. ck says:

    I visited this blog accidentally. But I was thrilled after I read the rhyme on parts of speech. I don’t know from where you guys are writing all these wonderful stuffs. But here in India most of us did not know that we can learn grammar by poetry. Thank you. And keep posting..

  12. kitty says:

    Brilliant!! I have been trying to track this rhyme down for my daughter (and a friend that is learning English). Thank you!!

  13. Joanna says:

    Anne, proofreading is extremely important, there are no spell checkers with AI that understands what exactly you mentioned in your sentence. But sometimes you can’t see repeating words, so thesaurus dictionary would be useful. Thesaurus is built in MS Office or this one online spell checker tool: