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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The Tears of a Clown: You are commenting using your Facebook account. He changes from making people cry to making people laugh. Email This Poem to a Friend. Everyone still laughed outside of the tent, and Cloony sat down and cried.

Back to Poems Page. Revisiting the title after analyzing the poem caused me to realize hte whole different meaning of the name of the poem. And Cloony could not make any money Simply because he was not funny. One day, Cloony told people why he was so sad. Notify me of new comments via email.

When Cloony finally musters up the courage to tell the world his innermost feelings, it backfires. The laughter spread around the world, and everyone laughed forever. A rhyme scheme of aa bb cc cllown the poem its childish sound, but that is far from the case. He has taught English at the level for more than 20 years. 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. This even causes a number of cpown within the poem.


The theme of “Cloony” is artistic frustration, but you might wonder how deeply it travels for Silverstein.

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The poem also has a touch of sobriety, and the reader can infer cloony the narrator feels sorry for Cloony the Clown. And every time he lost a shoe, Everyone looked awfully blue. It is your interactions with people that determine your happiness, as demonstrated by the poem.

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The Poems and Quotes on this site are the property of their respective authors. Is Cloony Sad or Happy? Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: And every time he did a trick, Everyone felt a little sick.

After he finished telling them, everyone laughed. Every time he made a joke or did a trick, he made people sad. Email required Address never made public. And every time he ate his tie, Everyone began to cry. He said that he was funny by accident, but he did not mean to be. Previous Poem Next Poem.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. His shoes were cloonj big and his hat was too small, But he just wasn’t, just wasn’t clowb at all. And every time he stood on his head, Everyone screamed, “Go back to bed! Poor Cloony is both, and the final image of him bursting into tears could be horribly depressing or secretly joyous, depending on your interpretation. A circus tent is meant to be happy, but in this poem it follows the ironic style of writing and represents something depressing.


He told them all of the dark feelings in his soul. Cloony the Clown MythWeb. Clowns — Fun or Frightening? The diction of the poem is essential to its ironic quality.

Is Cloony crying in despair? This makes the poem seem as if it is directed toward children readers, when in fact it contains a mature concept. 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. Poems Quotes Biography Books. The narrator is telling a story about a clown named Cloony who worked in a circus.

It points out the bad qualities of the world through humor. You are cpoony using your WordPress.