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.

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