Daddy Fell Into The Pond – a poem by Alfred Noyes

Everyone grumbled. The sky was grey.

We had nothing to do and nothing to say.

We were nearing the end of a dismal day,

And there seemed to be nothing beyond,


Daddy fell into the pond!
And everyone’s face grew merry and bright,

And Timothy danced for sheer delight.

‘Give me the camera, quick, oh quick!

He’s crawling out of the duckweed.’

Then the gardener suddenly slapped his knee,

And doubled up, shaking silently,

And the ducks all quacked as if they were daft

And is sounded as if the old drake laughed.
O, there wasn’t a thing that didn’t respond


Daddy fell into the pond!
Alfred Noyes


This poem is a favourite with younger pupils – and it’s also a great way to show how useful variable intonation can be! It’s a very expressive poem when read well.

I hope you like it!

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin, your voice coach

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