Funny School Poems: Library Rules


Author Patrick Winstanley is a well-known poet, and he is famous for his funny school poems especially regarding children’s poetry. His inspiration is based on students’ experience during their time inside an educational institution. One of Winstanley’s poems is entitled ‘Library Rules,’ which depicts and lists things that are not allowed in the library. Inspired from the rules commonly seen in swimming pools, the poem is presented in 24 lines, a long poem, but written in very short lines with lots of rhymes. The poem is presented below:
Library Rules


No Eating
No Drinking
No Talking
Or Shouting

No Swearing
No Spitting
No Hopping
Or Skipping

No Smoking
No Smirking
No Pushing
Or Shoving

No Coughing
No Sneezing
No Sniffling
Or Wheezing

No Pets and
No Petting
No Singing
Or Dancing

No Doodling
Canoodling
Or Fooling
Around

And The Last
Golden Rule
No Reading
Aloud.

The poem ‘Library Rules’ humorously discusses the do’s and don’ts inside the library, common rules which are sometimes hard to follow. It provides a simple literary composition, which is easy for children to understand and remember. Rules are imposed mostly to create proper orientation and conduct in a specific location. The library, where silence should be observed, is considered the most peaceful place to study, do homework, and read books, newspapers and magazines. Aside from that, it is a school location where playing around is not encouraged.

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