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Friday, September 09, 2016

Poetry Friday--Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!

Next Tuesday, September 13, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl. Dahl, as most of you probably know, wrote the children's classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [J DAH, also J AB/CD DAH], a delightful story about love, kindness, and generosity. It has twice been made into movies. Visit the late author's website www.roalddahl.com, which includes information about the upcoming 100th anniversary celebrations.

Dahl, is appealing to kids because of a facility he had for writing naughty! He also was a master at grossness--his description of the beards worn by The Twits [J DAH, also J AB/CD DAH] is not to be missed!

In 1982 he published a book aptly titled, Revolting Rhymes and he followed it up with Dirty Beasts in 1983. One of the dirty beasts is "The Porcupine," however, I'd be more inclined to name the dentist as the dirty beast!

In the comments, Julie left this link to more Dahl poetry. Thanks, Julie!

At The Poem Farm you'll find Amy rounding-up this week's poetry offerings.


  1. LOVE Dahl's poems - thanks for posting this, Diane. For people who don't know his poetry, here is a good link to some of it: https://www.roalddahlfans.com/dahls-work/poems/

    1. Many thanks, Julie! I added the link to the post.

  2. Dahl was indeed good at writing naughty! Fun to hear the Porcupine (yum, raspberry cremes).

  3. I was in a production of his James and the Giant Peach when I was a young teen, so I've always had a soft spot for that one, in addition Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Fantastic Mr. Fox. He did such wonderful descriptions of food!

  4. Dahl was such a wicked genius - he had a sharp eye for all that makes people ridiculous, and knew just how to use words to make the most of our peculiarities. I'll be celebrating his birthday with a readaloud from "Boy".

  5. Dahl is a favorite and I loved the poem and video link. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. I listened to the BFG on audio book recently, and it was magnifiscented orange-mint-yuck.

  7. I adore the work of this man. He spoke to our darkness...and to our light. And made us laugh too - what could be better? Thank you for this poem. (I liked the songpoems of the Oompa Loompas too!) xo