poetic device: Pun Poems

Puns are words or phrases with double meanings. That is, they can be taken in either of two ways, which can sometimes be very funny. Pun poems are poems that use puns to make you laugh.

Some puns are homophones, words that sound alike, but are spelled differently, such as “I have bear feet.” Others are homonyms, words that are spelled the same but have different meanings, such as “these batteries are free of charge.” Some are simply words that sound similar, such as “Today in the garden I wet my plants.” Still others are phrases that can mean two different things depending on whether you take them literally or figuratively, such as “the weight lifter held up a bank.”

These pun poems all include words or phrases with double meanings, either at the end or throughout the poem. See if you can count how many poems are in each.

My Dog Likes to Disco by Kenn Nesbitt
My Dog Likes to Disco
I Think My Dad Is Dracula
My Mother Took Me to the Mall by Kenn Nesbitt
My Mother Took Me to the Mall
My Koala's Not a Doctor by Kenn Nesbitt
My Koala’s Not a Doctor
My Grandma Bought a Rocking Chair
Santa's Feeling Sick by Kenn Nesbitt
Santa’s Feeling Sick
Bob’s Job
On Halloween Night
The Life of a Pirate Ain’t Easy
I Listen to My Chicken
Hip-Hop Christmas
My Left Left by Kenn Nesbitt
My Left Left
If You're Swallowed by an Elephant by Kenn Nesbitt
If You’re Swallowed by an Elephant
A Real Groaner
I Have a Bunch of Batteries
I'd Like to Sing in Singapore by Kenn Nesbitt
I’d Like to Sing in Singapore
My Dog Lives On the Sofa
The Book of Glue by Kenn Nesbitt
The Book of Glue
My Legs Both Understand Me
My Kitten Had an Accident
Book Storm
The Story of Laurie
Today I Have a Toothache by Kenn Nesbitt
Today I Have a Toothache
A Centaur Goes Out Shopping