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.

A Centaur Goes Out Shopping
Crazy Over Vegetables by Kenn Nesbitt and Eric Herman
Crazy Over Vegetables
Maine Event
A Dream of School Supplies
When Chemists Die They Barium by Kenn Nesbitt
When Chemists Die, They Barium
Alphabet Break by Kenn Nesbitt
Alphabet Break
I Ate a Clock by Kenn Nesbitt
I Ate a Clock
Pelican
Waiter, There’s a Dog in My Soup
My Sheep Is Being Sheepish
My Toes and My Nose
Cheese Breeze
I Fix My Duck with Duct Tape
My Sister’s Pretty Picky
I Went to the Gym
My Cat Goes Flying Through the Air
I Tried to Find a Dinosaur
Ode on a Unicycle
Whenever Yaks Play Basketball
A Sheep is Asleep On My Sofa
I Got Some Hot Sauce in My Eye
My Frog Recycles All His Trash
Melvin the Mummy by Kenn Nesbitt
Melvin the Mummy
My Chicken’s On the Internet