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 Mother Took Me to the Mall by Kenn Nesbitt
My Mother Took Me to the Mall
I Think My Dad Is Dracula
On Halloween Night
Santa’s Feeling Sick
Bob’s Job
A Real Groaner
I Have a Bunch of Batteries
My Dog Lives On the Sofa
A Centaur Goes Out Shopping
Book Storm
The Story of Laurie
My Legs Both Understand Me
Maine Event
A Dream of School Supplies
I Ate a Clock
Waiter, There’s a Dog in My Soup
My Sheep Is Being Sheepish
Alphabet Break by Kenn Nesbitt
Alphabet Break
My Toes and My Nose
Cheese Breeze
Ode on a Unicycle
I Fix My Duck with Duct Tape
When Chemists Die, They Barium