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Cloony The Clown Analysis



Author: Poetry of Shel Silverstein Type: Poetry Views: 946

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I'll tell you the story of Cloony the Clown
Who worked in a circus that came through town.
His shoes were too big and his hat was too small,
But he just wasn't, just wasn't funny at all.
He had a trombone to play loud silly tunes,
He had a green dog and a thousand balloons.
He was floppy and sloppy and skinny and tall,
But he just wasn't, just wasn't funny at all.
And every time he did a trick,
Everyone felt a little sick.
And every time he told a joke,
Folks sighed as if their hearts were broke.
And every time he lost a shoe,
Everyone looked awfully blue.
And every time he stood on his head,
Everyone screamed, "Go back to bed!"
And every time he made a leap,
Everybody fell asleep.
And every time he ate his tie,
Everyone began to cry.
And Cloony could not make any money
Simply because he was not funny.
One day he said, "I'll tell this town
How it feels to be an unfunny clown."
And he told them all why he looked so sad,
And he told them all why he felt so bad.
He told of Pain and Rain and Cold,
He told of Darkness in his soul,
And after he finished his tale of woe,
Did everyone cry? Oh no, no, no,
They laughed until they shook the trees
With "Hah-Hah-Hahs" and "Hee-Hee-Hees."
They laughed with howls and yowls and shrieks,
They laughed all day, they laughed all week,
They laughed until they had a fit,
They laughed until their jackets split.
The laughter spread for miles around
To every city, every town,
Over mountains, 'cross the sea,
From Saint Tropez to Mun San Nee.
And soon the whole world rang with laughter,
Lasting till forever after,
While Cloony stood in the circus tent,
With his head drooped low and his shoulders bent.
And he said,"THAT IS NOT WHAT I MEANT -
I'M FUNNY JUST BY ACCIDENT."
And while the world laughed outside.
Cloony the Clown sat down and cried.





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Such a great poem! So glad to be using this poem in my writing!

| Posted on 2016-10-12 | by a guest


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This is such a cool poem. Its so cool that i'm presenting it as part of my speech New Zealand Grade 5 Examination tomorrow!

| Posted on 2014-08-20 | by a guest


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i love this poem. It rtyuley shows some major problems people have today. I mean, how can someone laugh at the pain of someone else? It brings up some controversial problems within our society. This poem relays a message that everyone could learn something from.

| Posted on 2013-03-21 | by a guest


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this poem portrays the life of a teenager who is experiencing grief and isolation . the poem is simple in style and language.shel siverstien has included the factor of humor to make the poem interesting . it could probably be the description of what the poet is facing or has faced .

| Posted on 2012-11-02 | by a guest


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im pretty sure it is better than all the poems in the world
AS SUCH! I believe it is even better than the bible as herewith and thenceforth it hate contrived a demeanour of which it has created a love and lust that has juxtaposed itself wholly among themselves in the eyes of the laughter god and the crying demon to create something blissfully human and sanguine.
Personally i just had a wank

| Posted on 2010-12-27 | by a guest


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I really like this poem and how it shows the problems of today. I think it really shows how some teenagers feel, like how they believe no one understands them.

| Posted on 2010-05-20 | by a guest


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I really like this poem and Im doing it for my speech and drama exam!

| Posted on 2010-02-26 | by a guest


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I love this poem. It truly shows some major problems people have today. I mean, how can someone laugh at the pain of someone else? It brings up some very controversial problems within our society. This poem relays a message that everyone could learn something fromI love this poem. It truly shows some major problems people have today. I mean, how can someone laugh at the pain of someone else? It brings up some very controversial problems within our society. This poem relays a message that everyone could learn something from

| Posted on 2009-08-10 | by a guest


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I love this poem. It truly shows some major problems people have today. I mean, how can someone laugh at the pain of someone else? It brings up some very controversial problems within our society. This poem relays a message that everyone could learn something from.

| Posted on 2008-12-09 | by a guest


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I love this poem. It truly shows some major problems people have today. I mean, how can someone laugh at the pain of someone else? It brings up some very controversial problems within our society. This poem relays a message that everyone could learn something from.

| Posted on 2008-12-09 | by a guest




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