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.

What a Trip by Kenn Nesbitt
What a Trip!
Jim Sox by Kenn Nesbitt
Jim Sox
Dizzy Dottie’s Dog Salon
My Feet by Kenn Nesbitt
My Feet
We Give Each Other Cuckoo Clocks
The Technobabylonians
The Technobabylonians
Learning Languages by Kenn Nesbitt
Learning Languages
I Like My Triangular Kitten
I Like My Triangular Kitten
My Parrot Doesn’t Care to Fly
Be-were of Neighbor by Kenn Nesbitt
Be-were of Neighbor
What a Ham
Sam Who Only Ate Jam by Kenn Nesbitt
Sam, Who Only Ate Jam
Frog Ball
Santa's Beard by Kenn Nesbitt
Santa’s Beard
My Hare Is Resting on My Head
Mythical Monster Party by Kenn Nesbitt
Mythical Monster Party
Bored by Kenn Nesbitt
Bored
Arthur the Artist
The Ugly, Ugly Duckling
Green Rain by Kenn Nesbitt
Green Rain
The Otter I'm Told by Kenn Nesbitt
The Otter, I’m Told
The Gorgon Sisters
Levitating Lester by Kenn Nesbitt
Levitating Lester
I Grew a Foot this Summer by Kenn Nesbitt
I Grew a Foot this Summer