Parts of speech in a poem


When I was at school we had a very old fashioned English teacher who believed in the value of analysing sentences into the different parts of speech, & sorting out the function performed by each one. I dread to think how many hours we spent plodding through the sentences she made up as she went along.

This old poem helps us to remember what each part of speech does:

Every name is called a NOUN,
As field and fountain, street and town.
In place of the noun a PRONOUN stands,
As he and she can clap their hands.
The ADJECTIVE describes a thing,
As magic wand and bridal ring.
The VERB means action, something done,
To read, to write, to jump, to run.
How things are done the ADVERBS tell,
As quickly, slowly, badly, well.
The PREPOSITION shows relation,
As in the street or at the station.
CONJUNCTIONS join in many ways
Sentences, words, or phrase and phrase.
The INTERJECTION cries out, “Hark!
I need an exclamation mark!”
Through poetry, we learn how each
Of these make up the PARTS OF SPEECH.

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6 Responses to Parts of speech in a poem

  1. elmcal says:

    Hope you don’t mind me reblogging this?

  2. elmcal says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    I came across the excellent and somewhat funny explanation of the parts of speech. It’s a good way to remember it. Will teach it to my kids one day, if I have any. 🙂

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