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

  • Silver Star - 3,102 Points Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/23/2015 5:37:00 PM)

    Lots of.wisdom here! (Report) Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,311 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 - 382 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 - 11,399 Points Edgar Stevens (4/21/2015 4:15:00 AM)

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

  • Freshman - 605 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

  • Rookie - 1 Points Kainat Zahra (4/13/2015 9:58:00 AM)

    Television....haha...NYC poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 52 Points M. Zaher (3/13/2015 1:47:00 AM)

    Nice poem. I like it.. thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Hallie Gee (2/24/2015 11:49:00 AM)

    I like this poem a lot, because of the rhythm and the message. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jeremy Williams (2/22/2015 2:54:00 AM)

    My grade 7 class will love this! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 19 Points Yuen Wong (1/12/2015 10:41:00 AM)

    clearly we need another poem about smart phones (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 198 Points Lakshmi S Bose (1/8/2015 3:28:00 AM)

    Nicely written about television effect in life Thanks author (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Alison Massa (1/4/2015 2:41:00 PM)

    I helped my grandchildren learn to read and have read to them as much as possible ever since. The house is full of books and they go to a good school. Still, by six and seven, I was saddened to find how reluctant they'd become to read. They have grown up with children's movies on DVD and now they watch the Disney Channel - far too much - and I'm afraid the battle is lost. I just played them a wonderful reading of this poem on BBC Radio and the nearly nine-year old pronounced it insulting! I had to explain that Dahl was exaggerating to make a point and that the important message today is the need for balance - which is perhaps the best we can hope and continue to work for. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 34,112 Points Gajanan Mishra (12/4/2014 8:45:00 PM)

    Let us use TV in positive ways to get all benefits of science. self-restraint or let us say self-control is necessary in everything, let us go with it without any problem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 131 Points Oye Caleb (10/19/2014 5:17:00 AM)

    One of the best poems I ever read, the truth, written in style. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 46 Points Douglas Richmond (9/13/2014 4:18:00 PM)

    I really like this - very true and fun, and has made me want to stop watching TV and to read more! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 39 Points Byju V (9/13/2014 9:10:00 AM)

    Children nowadays have promoted themselves to video games, especially with the advent of smart phones. In my experience, even children who once read books now prefer games. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (9/4/2014 10:53:00 AM)

    Television a boon or a an essay topic but here dear poet has truly advised to parents refrain your child with this idiot box A grand message by R D (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Mo Jones (8/20/2014 10:28:00 PM)

    To those referring to this as plagiarism-
    Actually, Roald Dahl wrote the book Charlie and The Chocolate Factory in the mid-1960s. Furthermore, the 2005 movie referenced above is a remake of the 1971 movie Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (also based on Dahl's book, obviously.)
    Google is your friend. Please use it to avoid such public displays of your lack of knowledge on subjects such as the one addressed herein. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sharon Kiprono (8/16/2014 5:40:00 PM)

    2005 charlie (movie) and TV ( poem) which one came first? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Roald Dahl is A Rippoff Artist (8/9/2014 2:14:00 AM)

    I would just like to take a second to point out how many Hippocrates there are in the comments
    The first half of the poem...
    The most important thing we've learned,
    So far as children are concerned,
    Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
    Them near your television set -
    Or better still, just don't install
    The idiotic thing at all.
    In almost every house we've been,
    We've watched them gaping at the screen.
    They loll and slop and lounge about,
    And stare until their eyes pop out.
    (Last week in someone's place we saw
    A dozen eyeballs on the floor.)
    They sit and stare and stare and sit
    Until they're hypnotised by it,
    Until they're absolutely drunk
    With all that shocking ghastly junk.
    Oh yes, we know it keeps them still,
    They don't climb out the window sill,
    They never fight or kick or punch,
    They leave you free to cook the lunch
    And wash the dishes in the sink -
    But did you ever stop to think,
    To wonder just exactly what
    This does to your beloved tot?
    - -
    Is ripped from the 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie.
    Mike Teavee's song.
    As such, the writer had to of listened to the movie's song at least 5 times to get every line correct.
    Do some research people! (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 0 Points Avani Aurangabadkar (12/20/2014 11:50:00 PM)

    The movie was based on the book 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', which was written by ROALD DAHL.
    You might want to learn to research yourself before you tell others to.

    Rookie - 0 Points Alan Gardiner (9/30/2014 3:53:00 AM)

    How could someone who dies in 1990 'rip' something from a film released in 2005? ! Dahl also wrote the book that film and the previous version were based on. Follow your own advice and do some research.

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