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Help Yr3 DD find/choose a funny or (easy) Shakespeare poem for recital please!!

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Sugarbeach Tue 16-Apr-13 11:09:01

DD needs to pick a poem to perform, actually this is set as homework for the whole class, not being particularly literal myself we need some help finding a suitable poem.....She wants something either funny or a Shakespeare sonnet.....thing is, I've googled already and I don't see the "performance potential" in many of them and the Shakespeare ones seems a bit hard for an 8 yo....but maybe I just need inspiration and suggestions.

Please help!

DeWe Tue 16-Apr-13 11:28:21

"When daddy fell into the pond" is great to perform.

"Lion and Albert" or "Three ha'pence" a foot" (Noah's ark) from Stanley Holloway monologues are very funny. I can still receit them from when I leant them at her age. There's also a Battle of Hastings one which I can't remember so well.

Sugarbeach Tue 16-Apr-13 11:45:05

Thanks DeWe...When daddy fell into the pond now shortlisted.

CecilyP Tue 16-Apr-13 17:19:48

If you google Hilaire Belloc you will be able to find a number of comic poems that may be suitable. I think Shakespeare's sonnets would probably go over the head of most 8-year-olds.

Theas18 Tue 16-Apr-13 17:27:54

This one!

A baby Sardine
Saw her first submarine:
She was scared and watched through a peephole.
'Oh come, come, come,'
Said the Sardine's mum,
'It's only a tin full of people.'
Spike Milligan

superbagpuss Tue 16-Apr-13 17:40:33

the only Shakespeare one I can think of is 'all the worlds a stage' , he can act out the stages as he recites it

Heifer Tue 16-Apr-13 18:16:04

My DD has just learn The Witches, by Shakespeare. Loved it. I've just cut and pasted but the last 2 lines are missing from her poem book..

Song of the Witches
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon's blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Tue 16-Apr-13 18:23:31

One fine day
In the middle of the night,
Two dead men
Got up to fight.
Back to back
They faced each other
Drew their swords and shot each other.

KathySeldon Tue 16-Apr-13 23:39:36

Y3 DD just did "I'd love to be a Fairy's Child" by Robert Graves if that's any help?? Got top marks for 'suitability of poem'. (grin)

sixp Wed 17-Apr-13 07:50:25

My DS, same age, loves From a Railway Carriage by Robert Louis Stevenson.

sicutlilium Wed 17-Apr-13 17:53:54

What about Ariel's song from The Tempest?

Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
Hark! now I hear them — Ding-dong, bell.

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