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.

I Ate a Clock
On Halloween Night
Bob’s Job
My Toes and My Nose
My Legs Both Understand Me
The Story of Laurie
Spring Is Here!
Cheese Breeze
I Have a Bunch of Batteries
Book Storm
I Tried to Find a Dinosaur
Santa’s Feeling Sick
I Got Some Hot Sauce in My Eye
My Frog Recycles All His Trash
Josh the Sausage Maker
My Sheep Is Being Sheepish
I Fix My Duck with Duct Tape
I Went to the Gym
Santa’s Suit
When Chemists Die, They Barium
The Technobabylonians
My Sister’s Pretty Picky
What a Ham
My Hare Is Resting on My Head