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.

The Book of Glue by Kenn Nesbitt
The Book of Glue
I Got My Mom a Valentine by Kenn Nesbitt
I Got My Mom a Valentine
My Legs Both Understand Me
Presently Surprised
The Dragons Are Dozing
A Centaur Goes Out Shopping
Today I Have a Toothache by Kenn Nesbitt
Today I Have a Toothache
Book Storm
The Story of Laurie
I Spotted a Pie on the Sidewalk by Kenn Nesbitt
I Spotted a Pie on the Sidewalk
When Chemists Die They Barium by Kenn Nesbitt
When Chemists Die, They Barium
Crazy Over Vegetables by Kenn Nesbitt and Eric Herman
Crazy Over Vegetables
Maine Event
A Feast for a Frog
I Fell in a Well
My Frog Was in an Accident by Kenn Nesbitt
My Frog Was in an Accident
My New TV
My Sheep Is Being Sheepish
Pelican
I Ate a Clock by Kenn Nesbitt
I Ate a Clock
Alphabet Break by Kenn Nesbitt
Alphabet Break
Waiter, There’s a Dog in My Soup
My Toes and My Nose
A Dream of School Supplies