The Spider and the Fly


The Spider and the Fly

The Poem The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt
This is a specific example of Teen poetry and a Teen themed poem. This section provides a selection of different types of Teen poetry and poems by a famous Poet. The Teen poetry and poems have been selected to cover all aspect of this kind of poetry and poem. The following poem The Spider and the Fly from this famous poet Mary Howitt can be used as a useful example of Teen poetry.
 

The poem The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt
 

Will you walk into my parlour?" said the Spider to the Fly,
'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to shew when you are there."
Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down again."


"I'm sure you must be weary, dear, with soaring up so high;
Will you rest upon my little bed?" said the Spider to the Fly.
"There are pretty curtains drawn around; the sheets are fine and thin,
And if you like to rest awhile, I'll snugly tuck you in!"
Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "for I've often heard it said,
They never, never wake again, who sleep upon your bed!"


Said the cunning Spider to the Fly, " Dear friend what can I do,
To prove the warm affection I 've always felt for you?
I have within my pantry, good store of all that's nice;
I'm sure you're very welcome -- will you please to take a slice?"
"Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "kind Sir, that cannot be,
I've heard what's in your pantry, and I do not wish to see!"


"Sweet creature!" said the Spider, "you're witty and you're wise,
How handsome are your gauzy wings, how brilliant are your eyes!
I've a little looking-glass upon my parlour shelf,
If you'll step in one moment, dear, you shall behold yourself."
"I thank you, gentle sir," she said, "for what you 're pleased to say,
And bidding you good morning now, I'll call another day."


The Spider turned him round about, and went into his den,
For well he knew the silly Fly would soon come back again:
So he wove a subtle web, in a little corner sly,
And set his table ready, to dine upon the Fly.
Then he came out to his door again, and merrily did sing,
"Come hither, hither, pretty Fly, with the pearl and silver wing;
Your robes are green and purple -- there's a crest upon your head;
Your eyes are like the diamond bright, but mine are dull as lead!"

Alas, alas! how very soon this silly little Fly,
Hearing his wily, flattering words, came slowly flitting by;
With buzzing wings she hung aloft, then near and nearer drew,
Thinking only of her brilliant eyes, and green and purple hue --
Thinking only of her crested head -- poor foolish thing! At last,
Up jumped the cunning Spider, and fiercely held her fast.
He dragged her up his winding stair, into his dismal den,
Within his little parlour -- but she ne'er came out again!


And now dear little children, who may this story read,
To idle, silly flattering words, I pray you ne'er give heed:
Unto an evil counsellor, close heart and ear and eye,
And take a lesson from this tale, of the Spider and the Fly.
 

 

The Poem The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt - Example of Teen Poetry
Poetry written with a Teen theme such as the poem The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt is piece of literature written by the poet in meter or verse expressing various emotions which are expressed by the use of variety of techniques including metaphors, similes and onomatopoeia. The emphasis on the aesthetics of language and the use of techniques such as repetition, meter and rhyme are what are commonly used to distinguish Teen poetry from Teen prose. Poems often make heavy use of imagery and word association to quickly convey emotions. A famous example of Teen poetry is the poem The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt.

The Poem The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt - Example of Structure of Teen Poetry
The structure used in a Teen poem varies with different types of poetry and can be seen in the above example of the poem The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt. The structural elements might include the line, couplet, strophe and stanza. Poets and Teen Poetry combine the use of language and a specific structure to create an imaginative and expressive poem such as The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt. The structure used in Teen Poetry types are also used when considering the visual effect of a finished poem.
 

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