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Analysis and comments on Cloony The Clown by Shel Silverstein

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Comment 18 of 138, added on February 8th, 2007 at 11:55 AM.

great poem. not totally off the wall like his other poems. i think that it
points out, in a clever and funny way, how people chose to humor themselves
at others expense. And how people can laugh at a terible instant in people
lives simply because they are clowns. after all thats what they are meant
for, right.

Cris B.
Comment 17 of 138, added on April 14th, 2006 at 10:00 AM.

This poem is not funny. It is very sad. On April 28th it's poem in your
pocket day. I am going to pick so poem. Because the message is that people
don't think about other peoples feelings and how they would feel if
somebody else did the same thing as they did.

Suswana from United States
Comment 16 of 138, added on January 25th, 2006 at 9:14 PM.

I was wondering if anybody knew what "Mun San Nee" was a reference to. If
anybody knows, it would be great if you could help me out here. Thanks for
the help!

Andrew from United States
Comment 15 of 138, added on January 21st, 2006 at 1:52 PM.

Ok this is like the best poem i have ever read ever!! Its really sad!
In sixth gr. we had to do this thing where every1 read a
story or something to like inspire ppl and u had 2 say wat u thought the
message was and I read this poem to them and every1 thought hte message was
that u can be funny if u try hard enough and it made me mad cuz it wasnt!!
~Ella~

Ella from United States
Comment 14 of 138, added on January 10th, 2006 at 11:46 AM.

Great poem I loved it nice and long about a clown who
couldn't make people laugh it was cool I liked it and
it was funny

SY

Jaz from United States
Comment 13 of 138, added on December 20th, 2005 at 3:50 PM.

thank you so much, you saved my life. i'm reciting a poem tomorrow in my
7th grade class and i chose cloony the clown. i couldnt find the book so i
was worried. then i looked online and bam! there it was. thank you again!!!

Corey from United States
Comment 12 of 138, added on November 17th, 2005 at 9:01 PM.

This very good. Help me english better. I feel very emotionall and
depprressed. It feel in my heart. Thank you.

-Shanamabad Jehru-Al Kazeer

Shanamabad Jehru-Al Kazeer from Tonga
Comment 11 of 138, added on August 27th, 2005 at 4:23 AM.

I too was under the impression that this was going to be another one of
Shel's silly, side-splitting poems, but boy was i wrong. This has got to be
one of the most amazing sad poems i've read in a while. The incomparable
Shel has done it once again. :)

Rez from Bangladesh
Comment 10 of 138, added on June 5th, 2005 at 12:30 PM.

This poem is very sad, and I think that it makes me feel motivated to treat
people kindly, especially when they are vulnerable.

katie from United States
Comment 9 of 138, added on May 26th, 2005 at 7:00 PM.

This poem greatly moved me. I think the sexual innuendos were perhaps TOO
blatant at times though.

John from United States

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Information about Cloony The Clown

Poet: Shel Silverstein
Poem: Cloony The Clown
Volume: A Light in the Attic
Year: 1981
Added: Apr 22 2004
Viewed: 1124 times
Poem of the Day: Jun 12 2004


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