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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When Cloony finally musters up the courage to tell the world his innermost feelings, it backfires. Cloony the Clown MythWeb.

Everyone still laughed outside of the tent, and Cloony sat down and cried. This even causes a number of shifts within the poem. A circus tent is meant to be happy, but in this poem it follows the ironic style of writing and represents something depressing. 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.

Poor Cloony is both, and the final image of him bursting into tears could be horribly depressing or secretly joyous, depending on your interpretation. However, Cloony may be crying because now he can read his audience, and realizes tears bring laughs. A rhyme scheme of aa bb cc gives the poem its childish sound, but that is far from the case. The narrator is telling a story about a clown named Cloony who worked in a circus. One day he said, “I’ll tell this town How it feels to be an unfunny clown.


The title of the poem is very simple; it only shows that the poem is about a clown named Cloony.

It points out the bad qualities of the world through humor. And every time he stood on his head, Everyone screamed, “Go back to bed!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: He changes from making people cry to making people laugh.

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And every time he ate his tie, Everyone began to cry. 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. Cloony the Clown sat down and cried. Clowns — Hte or Frightening? He said that he was funny by accident, but he did not mean to be. And every time he did a trick, Everyone felt a little sick. The Tears of a Clown: Cloony Can’t Connect Cloony uses every trick, joke and stunt in the clownish repertoire, but “could not make any money, simply because he was not funny.

This site uses cookies. He was floppy and sloppy and skinny and tall, But he just wasn’t, just ths funny at all. Previous Poem Next Poem.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: I’ll tell you the story of Cloony the Clown Who worked in a circus that came through town. It is your interactions with people that determine your happiness, as demonstrated by the poem.

The Poems and Quotes on this site are the property of their respective authors. You are commenting using your WordPress. His shoes were too big and his hat was too small, But he just wasn’t, just wasn’t funny at all. Clowns are usually associated with humor, thw a first look at the title causes me to infer that it will be a funny poem.


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Every time he made a joke or did a trick, he made people sad. Email This Poem to a Friend. The clown actually represents sadness. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. All of these elements that make the poem seem happy on the outside only further emphasize the contrasting way in which Cloony sees the world. The laughter spread around the world, and everyone laughed forever.

He has written extensively in literary criticism, student writing syllabi and numerous classroom educational paradigms. One day, Cloony told people why he was so sad. And Cloony could not make any money Simply because he was not funny. Famous Poets and Poems: Most importantly, he changes from trying to be happy to giving up and letting his grief consume him.

The theme of “Cloony” is artistic frustration, but you might wonder how deeply it travels for Silverstein. And every time he lost a shoe, Everyone looked awfully blue. Cloony stayed in the circus tent. If so, artistic frustration becomes Sisyphus-like, a perpetual, horrific impotence.