I’ll tell you the story of Cloony the Clown. Who worked in a circus that came through town. His shoes were too big and his hat was too small. On Shel Silverstein’s Cloony the Clown – Free download as Word Doc .doc), PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online for free. 1 I’ll tell you the story of Cloony the Clown Who worked in a circus that came through. town. His shoes were too big and his hat was too. small, But he just wasn’t.

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He was floppy and sloppy and skinny and tall, But he just wasn’t, just wasn’t funny at all. And every time he told a joke, Folks sighed as if their hearts were broke. However, Cloony may be crying because now he can read his audience, and realizes tears bring laughs. Email This Poem to a Friend. And every time he ate his tie, Everyone began to cry.

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Cloony the Clown sat down and cried. It is your interactions with people that determine your happiness, as demonstrated by the poem. And every time he lost a shoe, Everyone looked awfully blue.

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Posted on March 9, March 10, by rosiearbittier. Is Cloony crying in despair? One day, Cloony told people why he was so sad. Clowns are usually associated with humor, so a first look at the title causes me to infer that it will be a funny poem.

Poor Cloony is both, and the final image of him bursting into tears could be horribly depressing or secretly joyous, depending on your interpretation.


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Silverstein won’t reveal the answer, but he posed the thematic question well. The title of the poem is very simple; it only shows cloonny the poem is about a clown named Cloony. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

A circus thee is meant to be happy, but in this poem it follows the ironic style of writing and represents something depressing. Shel Silverstein’s “Cloony the Clown,” one of his numerous whimsical children’s poems, carries the fairly adult theme of the frustrated artist to extremes.

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The laughter spread around the world, and everyone laughed forever. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The diction of the poem is essential to its ironic quality. His shoes were too big and his hat was too small, But he just wasn’t, just wasn’t funny at all. A rhyme scheme of aa bb cc gives the poem its childish sound, but that is far from the case. Previous Poem Next Poem. Everyone still laughed outside of the tent, and Cloony sat down and cried.

And every time he stood on his head, Everyone screamed, “Go back to bed! And Cloony could not make any money Simply because he was not funny. After he finished telling them, everyone laughed. When Cloony finally musters up the courage to tell the world his innermost feelings, it backfires.

The Tears of a Clown: Back to Poems Page. Cloony Can’t Connect Cloony clkony every trick, joke and stunt in the clownish repertoire, but “could not make any money, simply because he was not funny.


The theme of “Cloony” is artistic frustration, but you might wonder how deeply it travels for Silverstein. The poem also has a dlown of sobriety, and the reader can infer that the narrator feels sorry for Cloony the Clown. The Poems and Quotes on this site are the property of their respective authors. He said that he was funny by accident, but he did not mean to be.

You are commenting using your WordPress. If so, artistic frustration becomes Sisyphus-like, a perpetual, horrific impotence. One day he said, “I’ll tell this town How it feels to be an unfunny clown. An artist is frustrated either because his audience refuses to connect to him, or because he hasn’t found the way to connect to the audience.

Cloony stayed in the circus tent.

Cloony The Clown – Poem by Shel Silverstein

He had a trombone to play loud silly tunes, He had a green dog and a thousand balloons. Most importantly, he changes from trying to be happy to giving up and letting his grief consume him. And soon the whole world rang with laughter, Lasting till forever after, While Cloony cloqn in the circus tent, With his head drooped low and his shoulders bent. Cloony the Clown MythWeb.

This even causes a number of shifts within the poem. Revisiting the title after analyzing the poem caused me to realize a whole cloonyy meaning of the name of the poem.