The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning

They fought the dogs and killed the cats,
And bit the babies in the cradles,
And ate the cheeses out of the vats,
And licked the soup from the cooks’ own ladles,
Split open the kegs of salted sprats,
Made nests inside men’s Sunday hats,
And even spoiled the women’s chats
By drowning their speaking
With shrieking and squeaking
In fifty different sharps and flats.


Robert Browning (7 May 1812 – 12 December 1889) was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, especially dramatic monologues, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets. Robert Browning was born in Camberwell (a district now forming part of the borough of Southwark in South London, England), the only son of Sarah Anna (née Wiedemann) and Robert Browning.[1][2] His father was a well-paid clerk for the Bank of England, earning about £150 per year. He stayed at home until the age of 34, financially dependent on his family until his marriage. His father sponsored the publication of his son’s poems.

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Definition:  the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it (as buzz, hiss)

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The poem is about the story of the Pied Piper (I’m guessing you already know). The rats are going around making a mess and causing chaos. I chose this particular part for its use of onomatopoeia. The sounds continue throughout the lengthy poem.


I chose this poem of a mess, because it represents the mess the rats created.

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