poetic device: Pun Poems

Puns are words or phrases with double meanings. That is, they can be taken in either of two ways, which can sometimes be very funny. Pun poems are poems that use puns to make you laugh.

Some puns are homophones, words that sound alike, but are spelled differently, such as “I have bear feet.” Others are homonyms, words that are spelled the same but have different meanings, such as “these batteries are free of charge.” Some are simply words that sound similar, such as “Today in the garden I wet my plants.” Still others are phrases that can mean two different things depending on whether you take them literally or figuratively, such as “the weight lifter held up a bank.”

These pun poems all include words or phrases with double meanings, either at the end or throughout the poem. See if you can count how many poems are in each.

My Dog Likes to Disco by Kenn Nesbitt
My Dog Likes to Disco
I Think My Dad Is Dracula
My Mother Took Me to the Mall by Kenn Nesbitt
My Mother Took Me to the Mall
Santa’s Feeling Sick
On Halloween Night
Bob’s Job
A Real Groaner
I Have a Bunch of Batteries
I'd Like to Sing in Singapore by Kenn Nesbitt
I’d Like to Sing in Singapore
My Dog Lives On the Sofa
A Centaur Goes Out Shopping
Book Storm
My Legs Both Understand Me
Today I Have a Toothache by Kenn Nesbitt
Today I Have a Toothache
The Story of Laurie
Crazy Over Vegetables by Kenn Nesbitt and Eric Herman
Crazy Over Vegetables
I Listen to My Chicken
A Dream of School Supplies
Maine Event
I Ate a Clock
Pelican
Alphabet Break by Kenn Nesbitt
Alphabet Break
Waiter, There’s a Dog in My Soup
My Sheep Is Being Sheepish