Lewis Carroll

(27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898 / Cheshire)

The Crocodile - Poem by Lewis Carroll

How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale!

How cheerfully he seems to grin
How neatly spreads his claws,
And welcomes little fishes in,
With gently smiling jaws!


Comments about The Crocodile by Lewis Carroll

  • Patricia Grantham Patricia Grantham (6/12/2015 6:07:00 AM)

    A short and sweet write on a vicious amphibian.
    Nice and enjoyed. (Report) Reply

    9 person liked.
    8 person did not like.
  • Laura Burns (12/15/2014 9:32:00 AM)

    This poem is a parody of Isaac Watts' poem Against Idleness and Mischief. (Report) Reply

  • Sagnik Chakraborty Sagnik Chakraborty (12/15/2014 9:15:00 AM)

    Small and simple, resonant and vivid: typical of Carroll (C L Dodgson) . (Report) Reply

  • John Richter (12/15/2014 6:52:00 AM)

    Quite appropriate - Carroll at Christmas time... I think I will spend today exploring some of his other work. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga Rajnish Manga (12/15/2014 1:06:00 AM)

    The poem goes on to show as to how a simple poem can become an all time great. (Report) Reply

  • William Bloomingboy William Bloomingboy (12/15/2013 9:09:00 PM)

    So nice! I yet not seen crocodile. but ur poem gives an evidant picture of that. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (12/15/2013 7:17:00 PM)

    the poem is so visual and so cute...but the guy with the crocodile smile, I will never trust him... (Report) Reply

  • Srimayee Ganguly Srimayee Ganguly (12/15/2012 11:33:00 AM)

    It's sooooo hilarious. (Report) Reply

  • Abdelrahman Elawad Abdelrahman Elawad (12/15/2012 3:56:00 AM)

    Nice this is a nice.. wonderful..poem (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Feldman (12/15/2012 2:00:00 AM)

    Little or not,
    I want nothing to do,
    With Crocodile Croc
    However very cheerfull poem, something to dig your teeth into.......... (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Feldman (12/15/2012 2:00:00 AM)

    Little or not,
    I want nothing to do,
    With Crocodile Croc
    However very cheerfull poem, something to dig your teeth into.......... (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Feldman (12/15/2012 2:00:00 AM)

    Little or not,
    I want nothing to do,
    With Crocodile Croc
    However very cheerfull poem, something to dig your teeth into.......... (Report) Reply

  • Is It Poetry Is It Poetry (12/15/2009 12:24:00 PM)

    child like if your a fish..
    but if a man..
    would swim away...
    the others gone....
    his heart..
    she knew and...
    he has flown as..
    herons flew..
    across the Nile...iip (Report) Reply

  • Stella Jeng (12/15/2009 4:19:00 AM)

    I like his childlike choice of words while portraying a crocodile-a mystical animal in Egypt, and the immense River Nile. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A Ramesh T A (12/15/2009 1:05:00 AM)

    Smiling little crocodile shines well in Nile river! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Friday, January 27, 2012


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