Lewis Carroll

(27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898 / Cheshire)

The Crocodile


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!

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002
Edited: Friday, January 27, 2012

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  • Freshman - 1,611 Points Laura Burns (12/15/2014 9:32:00 AM)

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

  • Freshman - 1,281 Points Sagnik Chakraborty (12/15/2014 9:15:00 AM)

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

  • Freshman - 2,098 Points 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

  • Silver Star - 8,674 Points 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

  • Rookie - 97 Points Biplab Singha (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

  • Gold Star - 10,411 Points * 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

  • Rookie - 9 Points Srimayee Ganguly (12/15/2012 11:33:00 AM)

    It's sooooo hilarious. (Report) Reply

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

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

  • Gold Star - 10,992 Points 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

  • Gold Star - 10,992 Points 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

  • Gold Star - 10,992 Points 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

  • Veteran Poet - 3,477 Points 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie - 508 Points Ramesh T A (12/15/2009 1:05:00 AM)

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

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