Knock knock!

Who’s there?

Me!

Me who?

That’s right!

What’s right?

Meehoo!

That’s what I want to know!

What’s what you want to know?

Me, who?

Yes, exactly!

Exactly what?

Yes, I have an Exactlywatt on a chain!

Exactly what on a chain?

Yes!

Yes what?

No, Exactlywatt!

That’s what I want to know!

I told you – Exactlywatt!

Exactly what?

Yes!

Yes what?

Yes, it’s with me!

What’s with you?

Exactlywatt – that’s what’s with me.

Me who?

Yes!

Go away!

Knock knock…

Analysis, meaning and summary of Shel Silverstein's poem The Meehoo with an Exactlywatt

27 Comments

  1. Shelly says:

    are there any pictures i could use to show symbolism in this poem?? i hafta put it on a poster board 4 a poetry project by april 3rd…

  2. Shelly says:

    is there any symbolism in this poem?? i hafta know for a poetry project and i gotta know by april 3rd

  3. ashley says:

    i think it is comfusing

  4. Emily says:

    i lived in America for 3yrs i am now currently living in the UK i met my best m8 in America! i rang her up and she read out loud this poem to me i was completely confused so i googled it and finally found it now i’ve read to my self i get it completely and laughed at it after finished because it was so funny and good at the same time! 😀

  5. Stan McCaslin says:

    The book this poem is in, A Light in the Attic, has wonderful illustrations, also by Silverstein. Those who find the poem confusing need to get hold of the book and look at the picture of the MeeHoo with her ExactlyWhat.

  6. Olivia.R.Gemmell says:

    This is my favorite poem out of them all! My whole family likes it including my classmates

  7. Bonnie Stutz says:

    This is the best poem. I know, I know all of Shel’s poems are just great but this poem takes the cake.

  8. Claire says:

    this poem was really weird. i didn’t get it really…..

  9. kara says:

    this pomes is the bomb i could never come up with something that funny ever thats how my life goes

  10. Christian says:

    This is one of the best poems I have read on this site, I wonder why it’s not the #1? It also explains how people these days talk. Half of the time, my friends are talking and I have no idea what they are talking about, because they slurr everything together.

  11. chelsea says:

    wow this poem is way to funny that is exactly how a conversation goes with me

  12. caitlyn says:

    this has been my favorite poem for years… me and my friends would always say it, i know it by heart. its a great poem

  13. melissa says:

    this is the best poem i am the mehoo!!!!

  14. Grizzly says:

    This poem is so awesome… I am presenting it in front of a small group…
    FUN!

  15. William says:

    t6his poem is kind of stuipd and silly

  16. kid says:

    he’s dead

  17. Shannon says:

    This is such a fantastic poem! It is a little confusing, but after reading it three or four times you understand it. I love Shel, he is so creative with his poems and he knows how to brighten up your day with a simple poem like this!

  18. lessi says:

    this is my favorite poem!!!

  19. jimmy says:

    Dear Mr. Silverstein,
    This poem was a really good one. It was funny. I was laughing the first time I readd it. Thanks. I know you are dead but you have some really good poems!!!

  20. Alex Cater says:

    Hey! I loved this pom all though it was alittle confusing! But it was still a good poem! I love all of your poems! You and Jack Prelutsky are my two favorite male poets!

  21. Anala says:

    This poem is like the way poeple use words these days and don’t even know what they’re saying and if you say one word, it can mean something different. Sorry if that made you think too much. This poem is adorable and should be read by everyone.

  22. Ryan says:

    This reminds me of that wonderful Abbott and Costello skit.

  23. Carrie says:

    I have always been a lover of poetry….Shel Silverstein was the first poet I was introduced to way back in elementary school. I admire his work and this was the first poem I heard from him and I love it!! Now I am 25 and I still can appreciate his poetry.

  24. alison says:

    this is one of my all-time favorite shel silverstein poems! i think it is based on the old “who’s on first?” bit. anyone agree?

  25. Emily says:

    I can’t say that this poem is my favorite poem from Shell Silverstein’s books, but it’s definetly one of them. Shell Silverstein is my favorite poem teller ever. And that’s a fact. I’m even doing a small book report on him.

  26. Jessica says:

    omg! i love this poem and i love shel silverstein books. he is an awesome writter and he inspires me so
    much. i have most of his books and have read them from cover to cover more than once. my favorite poem that he wrote is probably Sick and the one about the girl wanting the pony but her parents wouldnt let her have it and then she died. those are awesome well bye bye

    J3$$!3

  27. Rona says:

    I love this poem. it was 1 of the first poems i heard from Shel Silverstein. It’s really funny. it got me into silverstein books. i hope a lot of people like it too!

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