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.

Steve the Superhero
When Flowers Wake Each Morning by Kenn Nesbitt
When Flowers Wake Each Morning
Josh the Sausage Maker
Don’t Ever Ask a Centipede
Christmas Cat
Wet Christmas
My Kiwi Is the Captain
How Did You Get So Mean by Kenn Nesbitt
How Did You Get So Mean?
Spring Is Here!
Kitten Fight by Kenn Nesbitt
Kitten Fight
Speedy Sid
The Technobabylonians
What a Trip!
My Feet
Jim Sox
Dizzy Dottie’s Dog Salon
We Give Each Other Cuckoo Clocks
I Like My Triangular Kitten
What a Ham
Learning Languages
My Parrot Doesn’t Care to Fly
Be-were of Neighbor
Sam, Who Only Ate Jam