Roald Dahl

(13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990 / Cardiff / Wales)

Television - Poem by Roald Dahl

The most important thing we've learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
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Comments about Television by Roald Dahl

  • Rookie - 0 Points Sweetie Crystal (11/24/2015 10:13:00 AM)

    It's so long but I like it 'cause its by Ronald Dahl (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 11,416 Points Seema Jayaraman (11/2/2015 11:04:00 AM)

    I absolutely agree, the ill effects of tv on young minds.. But as a working mom of two i admit i have often taken this route to keep my tiny tots still and out of my hair. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 469 Points Gauri Sharma (10/17/2015 9:49:00 AM)

    This is awesome! !
    i could never write an elongated poem like this!
    i didn't get bore reading this one because it has so much to keep you engrossed and of course the rhythm does its work perfectly :) ...10 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 463 Points Frank Ammerlaan (10/9/2015 5:34:00 PM)

    Amen tot gaat, mr Dahl. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 15,377 Points Pamela Sinicrope (9/13/2015 9:13:00 AM)

    Yep... I just shared this. We need the new version for adults too... With our iPhones and Facebook and PoemHunter, and email, and shopping apps, and silly games, and photo files, and on and on it goes! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 36,824 Points * Sunprincess * (8/12/2015 4:09:00 PM)

    ....a wonderful tribute to one of man's greatest inventions ★ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 115 Points Hasan Khan (8/12/2015 6:14:00 AM)

    Who shared this poem by Roald Dahl? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 8 Points Tebogo Raphadu (8/2/2015 3:43:00 PM)

    LOL! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 28,915 Points Kim Barney (7/14/2015 8:19:00 AM)

    This poem is on my favorites list, but it has a typo that needs to be corrected:

    The younger ones had Beatrix Potter
    With Mr. Tod, the dirty rotter,

    That should be Mr. Toad, not Mr. Tod. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,497 Points Dedan Onyango (7/11/2015 4:40:00 AM)

    I like the authenticity of the subject matter. It clearly brings the reality. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,530 Points Briony Nicholls (7/9/2015 6:21:00 AM)

    How so true! The wisdom of this poem can be extended to smartphones & the internet now. What amazes me is how all this electronic cacophony has created so much boredom, and the need for ever more brain stimulation than ever before in the masses (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 60,416 Points Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (6/18/2015 5:55:00 PM)

    great rhyme scheme...A contemporarypot w/uch talent (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Shmuel Pearl (6/16/2015 2:40:00 PM)

    This poem applies today very neatly as it did then, even with the video games and internet which seems to absolutely sap everyone of their creativity and their intellect. EVERYONE IS ADDICTED TO THEIR LITTLE ********** SCREENS. You can't share a conversation or a night with someone without them constantly checking their phone. Put it down, and stop infesting your childs brain with the cacaphony. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,351 Points Mark Arvizu (6/10/2015 1:48:00 PM)

    I like soft cheese. ..... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 42 Points Esraa Hamdy (5/26/2015 11:04:00 AM)

    we need more poems like this :) (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 115 Points Hasan Khan (8/12/2015 6:11:00 AM)

    Esraa hamdy you are right

  • Gold Star - 6,718 Points Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/23/2015 5:37:00 PM)

    Lots of.wisdom here! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,728 Points Stephen Katona (5/20/2015 6:20:00 PM)

    This is my favourite poem. I was thinking of Roald Dahl's 'Television' when I wrote a poem about smart phones called 'Smart Phone Zombie'. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 431 Points Ravi A (5/16/2015 12:02:00 AM)

    Nothing is a problem in this world if we teach our children how to use it effectively. Knife is not the problem - we can chop human heads and chop vegetables. That discrete power is in the hands of the user. This is what we have to teach our children from their molding age. Addiction to anything is to be avoided but addiction is a relative term. I may be a good book reader but from your point of view, it can be an addiction. This is the relativity. The habit of reading certainly has an edge over watching TV because, by reading books, the expansion of imagination is very much possible. Words can create umpteen images out of them which a TV cannot lend. Sound is a powerful creator of visuals. What are words other than a resonance of sound which is capable of giving rise to a set of images? While watching TV, we can teach our children to mute the volume during the ads. Where is the level of creativity in watching the same ads over and over again? To that extent, we can reduce noise pollution as well. Reading habit also will teach our children to be in a world of their own, far away from this maddening world. Self occupation this way is very much necessary in this presently noisy world. In the long run, our children will learn the benefits of being in the jocund company of books. Nice thoughts Ronal Dahl. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,400 Points Edgar Stevens (4/21/2015 4:15:00 AM)

    Television is the king, no matter what (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 850 Points Matthew Holloway (4/18/2015 3:31:00 AM)

    I wonder what he would make of the internet and games machines today, really enjoyed this poem (Report) Reply

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