How to Write Funny Poetry

By Gloson On July 24, 2008 Under Uncategorized
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Ok, this is how I started. I began writing poems after I read some funny poems from the internet. I wanted to write poems like the poets too. So, I started.

At first it was hard to think a funny idea to write it. I thought and I thought and I thought. But I finally thought of one and wrote it.
It is titled My Rotten Day. The day after I wrote it, I wrote another poem in school titled A Birthday Indeed. When I arrived home, I wrote another poem titled My Confession.

Say You Can!

From that day on, I continue writing poems.
But how did I learn how to write them? From school, of course!
But how did I succeed? Why didn’t I fail?
The answer is simple: You keep on writing. You don’t give up.
When you stop writing, you fail. You don’t stop writing just because someone says badly about your poem.
You keep on writing. You keep on going. Then you succeed.

When you finish writing your poem, don’t look so gloom and depressed. Praise yourself! Yes, that will make you happy and satisfied. Don’t ‘trash’ your poem. You know you can always modify it to make it better. Some poems you are not satisfied with are a satisfaction to other people. In other words, the poems you think that are no good, are good to other people (while some are no good to them).

One fine day I realized that the poems I write now are better than the ones I wrote before. This means that if you use your talents, you will have more. And if you say you don’t have talents, you will have none.

Funny Ideas

How do I get funny ideas? I think! First, think of something funny to write about a subject. Then, add a funny ending.
For Example: My dad cooks very badly and burnt our food so he was forced to order pizza for us!
Finally, make the story into a poem!
One more thing: Write down the idea to your notebook or computer so that you don’t need to spend much effort remembering them.

Where do I get funny ideas? Sometimes I think, sometimes the idea just comes to you. Sometimes, thinking of it is easy; sometimes, it’s hard.
When you want to think of a funny idea, you start with a subject:

  • Yourself
  • Your father
  • Your mother
  • Your brother
  • Your pet
  • Your house
  • A tall building
  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Monsters
  • The sea
  • A frog
  • Escaping from school
  • An annoying person
  • Or something else…

Now, you think what’s funny, absurd, or unique about them. Hmmm… Let’s start with…Escaping from school. Now, what’s funny or surprsing about escaping from school? Your teacher punishes you (of course, when you accidentally bumped into your teacher)! Aha… That was a good one. You can make that a funny ending. Now, when you talk about that, you may go to other subjects with a funny ending involving escaping from school. After that, WRITE YOUR POEM!

Here is an example:

The Monster

One sunny day, I escaped from school.
I met a monster which was starting to drool.
It looked at me and licked its lips
and used its hands to grab my hips.

It stared at me and rubbed its tummy.
It licked its lips; then it said, “Yummy!”
I stared at it and perspired in fear
as the monster smiled and shook its rear.

It tossed me high up to the air;
I thought I was having a nightmare.
I screamed a scream and blinked a blink
as I fell into its mouth which really stink.

The monster tasted me and said, “Yucky!”
It spat me out; I was quite lucky.
I flew out of the monster’s mouth
like a cannonball; I was heading south.

I thought it would be my last,
but I landed at the entrance of my class.
And because I escaped from my school,
my teacher whacked me like a fool.

There, a funny poem! Did you laugh?

Well if not, then at least it made you smile or happy.

Exaggeration Poems

How do you write exaggeration poems? Exaggerate something to make it much more or much less than what it is.
Examples:

  • The world’s highest skyscraper; it is higher than you think.
  • The fastest tortoise on Earth; it runs fast as you can blink.
  • The slowest hare in the world that’s slower than a snail.
  • The proudest fox in the world which has a big, long tail.
  • The best singer in the world; she makes people’s hearts melt.
  • The loosest trousers; you can’t hold it with the strongest belt.
  • The smallest building; you see it with magnifying glass.
  • The shortest man in the world or maybe the tallest grass!

Well, that rhymed didn’t it? Okay, let’s focus on the title The World’s Highest Skyscraper. Now, you create the details (describers of the main idea). What can the world’s highest skyscraper have or do?

  • Well, it reaches beyond the sky.
  • It is also strong.
  • It has many, many floors.
  • It can hold many people.
  • It has many doors.

Now, the last thing to do is to add a funny ending. Now, you can make it what a person doesn’t expect it to be, the funniest thing about the subject, or something else funny (Well, see whether you could guess the funny ending for my next poem). You are then ready to WRITE YOUR POEM!

The World’s Highest Skyscraper

The world’s highest skyscraper
is very, very high.
It reaches so very, very
far beyond the sky.

The skyscraper is very high;
it is very strong too.
It holds onto Earth so tight
it won’t fall on me and you.

Just imagine how tall it is,
it has more than a million floors!
It can hold more than a million people
It has ten million doors!

Push the highest button on the lift
to go to a special place;
When you arrive at your destination, a voice
would say: “Welcome to space!”

Well, you weren’t expecting that ending, were you? You are probably having a surprised face, like this,

Don’t Hesitate

I have a thing to tell you:
You don’t necessarily need to think of a funny ending before you write a poem. Just start to write your poem and the funny ending will just come to you soon.
Sometimes, if you think of a funny beginning like ‘A thin pig and a fat baboon jumped across the crescent moon’, just scribble or type it down in your notebook or computer. That could be the very beginning of your very funny poem!

Making it Better

Words can also make your poem funnier or more exciting.
The boy snatched my pencil sounds more exciting than the boy took my pencil.
The witch cackled and cackled sounds funnier than the witch laughed and laughed.
When my mother sees me, she cuddles me sounds more tender than when my mother sees me, she hugs me.
Use your thesaurus to help you find synonyms to make your poem better. And by the way, please look up the definition of the new word that you picked from the thesaurus as its meaning may vary.

There are many, many kinds of poems. There are limericks, couplets, diamante, haiku, rhyming, non-rhyming, free verse, and many more!

One more thing: How you write a poem is like how you build a building.
First, you must plan it (the subject and the details).
Then, you build it (writing the poem).
Finally, you paint and decorate it (modifying it to make it better).

More Notes

Well, sometimes I ‘finish’ writing a poem, but later I found out that it can be modified to make it funnier or better.
I never knew that it can be modified for the better.

And one more thing: Remember to be patient, and do things one step at a time. The more you write, the better your poems will be.
I heard this question from my friend, “How do you eat an elephant?”
The answer is: One bite at a time.

And Now, Have Fun Reading!

Oh yes, you can also view some of my poems

How to Set Up a Fish Store

First, you bring out all the things.
Next, you lay them all down.
After that, set a table,
then, lay the fish around.

You then need to put on the shade
then put some bright lights on.
Next, shoo all of the hungry birds
until they are all gone.

You then bring out a bucket that
is full of huge, fresh fish;
and next, you have to place them
on a quite large plastic dish.

Then, set up a folding chair;
a rest is what you need.
But I must tell you one more thing:
You’ll have a cat stampede.

 

Parachute

I’m going to a
cliff with glee,
I’d glide with my chute,
feeling free.
I’d drift in the air
like a bee.
It’s a parachute
day for me!
I am jumping off;
one, two, three!
I’m lucky that there’s
nobody.
This will be nice,
I guarantee.
I’m relaxing so
happily.
Here comes the wind.
I shouted, “Wee!”
Oh no, I’m landing
in the sea.

What the Principal Said

“You can have much
food as you like.
The school now lets
you bring your bike.

“You can do what
you like at school.
You can play, and
laugh like a fool.”

Loud screams, shouts, and
‘hoorays’ are heard,
but teacher then
ended his word,

“You can holler;
There are no rules!
And one more thing:
April Fools!”

Creeping out of Class

Math class was so boring that
I crept out of the room.
I needed to be careful so
I won’t fall with a ‘boom!’

In just one minute, I would be
out of school; you could tell.
Unluckily, I was distracted
by a tasty smell.

The school lunch lady was preparing
‘Yummy Dessert Dream’.
On it there were some crunchy nuts
and sweet strawberry cream!

I then was running quickly
to the smell, faster and faster.
I then collided with someone
and it was the headmaster!

He stared at me angrily because
I got his attention.
And that’s the reason I was whacked
and punished in detention.

If you want to read more, go to http://poetrytalents.com/funny-poetry.html

I hope you like them!

Update: Continue reading…How to ‘Rhythmize’ and Rhyme Your Poems

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  1. Gerald They
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    February 2, 2009
    4:19 pm

    Nice to meet you,Gloson.. I like your poem.. I wrote a few poems before. but now I didn’t write For so long…….
    Keep it up…

  2. Pomes
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    June 23, 2011
    6:41 am

    Hey Gloson, it’s hard to believe that your that young, but I will for use your site to help me with mine. Thanks for the info!!

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