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
My Koala's Not a Doctor by Kenn Nesbitt
My Koala’s Not a Doctor
The Life of a Pirate Ain’t Easy
Santa's Feeling Sick by Kenn Nesbitt
Santa’s Feeling Sick
On Halloween Night
Bob’s Job
A Real Groaner
My Left Left by Kenn Nesbitt
My Left Left
I Have a Bunch of Batteries
I'd Like to Sing in Singapore by Kenn Nesbitt
I’d Like to Sing in Singapore
I Listen to My Chicken
My Dog Lives On the Sofa
My Kitten Had an Accident
A Centaur Goes Out Shopping
My Legs Both Understand Me
Book Storm
The Story of Laurie
Today I Have a Toothache by Kenn Nesbitt
Today I Have a Toothache
A Dream of School Supplies
Crazy Over Vegetables by Kenn Nesbitt and Eric Herman
Crazy Over Vegetables
Maine Event
Pelican