Pleeease, Mrs Butler

Last week in literacy, 4S had fun discussing the features of poetry, which included: alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhyme and repetition.
One of the poems that we most enjoyed was Please Mrs Butler by Allan Ahlberg, which provided an excellent example of how repetition can be an extremely effective tool in poetry.
We recited the poem as a class and acted sections out in groups.
Above I have included a video of the poet himself reciting the poem, and below I have added the words of the poem, so that you can read along with him.
Although I’m not entirely sure how I feel about his describing teachers as ‘crazy’,  it is still a lovely video and I hope it brightens up this rather dreary Tuesday!

Miss Segal 🙂

Please Mrs Butler:

Please Mrs Butler
This boy Derek Drew
Keeps copying my work, Miss.
What shall I do?

Go and sit in the hall, dear.
Go and sit in the sink.
Take your books on the roof, my lamb.
Do whatever you think.

Please Mrs Butler
This boy Derek Drew
Keeps taking my rubber, Miss.
What shall I do?

Keep it in your hand, dear.
Hide it up your vest.
Swallow it if you like, my love.
Do what you think is best.

Please Mrs Butler
This boy Derek Drew
Keeps calling me rude names, miss.
What shall I do?

Lock yourself in the cupboard, dear.
Run away to sea.
Do whatever you can, my flower.
But don’t ask me.

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