“Pure Imagination,” by Roald Dahl [Poetry Friday]

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Today, I’m appearing in my first post at TeachingAuthors.com, where I’ll be a temporary member-whee! My post is about writing rituals, and I mention Roald Dahl over there, so I thought I’d share a Dahl poem here. As with his other writing forms, Dahl was by turns funny, sly, subversive, beautiful–and almost always brilliant.?This poem, which I can really only hear as the song, brings down my blood pressure 10 points in a single reading:>)

Pure Imagination

Come with me and you’ll be
In a world of pure imagination
Take a look and you’ll see
Into your imagination

We’ll begin with a spin
Trav’ling in the world of my creation
What we’ll see will defy
Explanation

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Want to change the world, there’s nothing to it

There is no life I know
To compare with pure imagination
Living there, you’ll be free
If you truly wish to be

–Roald Dahl, all rights reserved

And here I am reading this poem. No singing, I promise:

?Meanwhile,?Margaret at?Reflections on the Teche?has the Poetry Friday Roundup today. Enjoy!

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50 Responses

  1. The second I read the first line, I was singing! How you were able to read it straight is beyond me! Thanks for lowering my BP!

    1. It’s amazing how hard it is to separate out the word from the melody!

  2. The second I read the first line, I was singing! How you were able to read it straight is beyond me! Thanks for lowering my BP!

    1. It’s amazing how hard it is to separate out the word from the melody!

  3. Iv never herd this so I’m wondering how it sounds as a song I picked some wonder book at a sail
    when This Box Is full is the one I reliy like

  4. Iv never herd this so I’m wondering how it sounds as a song I picked some wonder book at a sail
    when This Box Is full is the one I reliy like

  5. I just read a post by a pre-school teacher whose students ‘imagined’ shadow monsters, & created stick puppets-just marvelous from their own “imagination”. Thanks for this, Laura, it is a poem to remember!

  6. I just read a post by a pre-school teacher whose students ‘imagined’ shadow monsters, & created stick puppets-just marvelous from their own “imagination”. Thanks for this, Laura, it is a poem to remember!

  7. *sigh*
    It’s so bizarre how much I STILL LOVE THIS MOVIE. YearsandyearsandyearsandyearsandYEARS later.

    Good old Roald.

    1. I *love* it once they’re in the factory. I admit the opening third/half of the movie drags too long for me.

  8. *sigh*
    It’s so bizarre how much I STILL LOVE THIS MOVIE. YearsandyearsandyearsandyearsandYEARS later.

    Good old Roald.

    1. I *love* it once they’re in the factory. I admit the opening third/half of the movie drags too long for me.

  9. Hi Laura, I know the song (and love it) but didn’t know that it was actually written by Roald Dahl! Imagination does make us free, doesn’t it? Learned a new thing today, thank you!

    1. I haven’t read the book in a long time and need to see whether it includes the songs in it there, or if he added those for the screenplay. Thanks for coming by!

  10. Hi Laura, I know the song (and love it) but didn’t know that it was actually written by Roald Dahl! Imagination does make us free, doesn’t it? Learned a new thing today, thank you!

    1. I haven’t read the book in a long time and need to see whether it includes the songs in it there, or if he added those for the screenplay. Thanks for coming by!

  11. I just finished putting together my post for this Monday and one of the videos I’ll be sharing is “Garden of Your Mind” by Mr. Rogers, which really complements “Pure Imagination”! I had never thought about Mr. Rogers and Roald Dahl together before, but I’ll bet they would have liked each other.

    1. Oooh, I wonder! Dahl was very sly and subversive and often “adult,” and at times his writing was strictly an income source, so while their stories/messages to the world share some of the same lovely philosophies, they were, I suspect, extremely different! Would be interesting to have listened to them converse, wouldn’t it?

  12. I just finished putting together my post for this Monday and one of the videos I’ll be sharing is “Garden of Your Mind” by Mr. Rogers, which really complements “Pure Imagination”! I had never thought about Mr. Rogers and Roald Dahl together before, but I’ll bet they would have liked each other.

    1. Oooh, I wonder! Dahl was very sly and subversive and often “adult,” and at times his writing was strictly an income source, so while their stories/messages to the world share some of the same lovely philosophies, they were, I suspect, extremely different! Would be interesting to have listened to them converse, wouldn’t it?

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