Seriously, I know I've said this before, but do all my favourite authors write spider poems?
So with no further ado here they are...
Attercop! (Flies and Spiders) by J.R.R Tolkien
"...Here am I, naughty little fly..." A total family fav from when the kids were first exploring fantasy.
Bruce and the Spider by Bernard Barton
A spiders act of courage spurs on "Robert the Bruce" or so this poem claims.
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The spider weaving the fairy necklace is like a spider poem come to life...
Invitation to the Party by A.J. Ponder
"I have nothing to bring... "
A Noiseless patient spider by Walt Whitman
The Redback on the Toilet Seat by Slim Newton
An old fav amongst the young 'uns - and there are a few other poems in amongst this little collection of spider poems - at spiderzrule.com/spider5.htm
The Spider by Emily Dickenson
A gnome pun? really?
Spider by A.J. Ponder
The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt
"Come into my parlour said the Spider to the fly..."
A Spider Sewed at Night by Emily Dickenson
I get this feeling Emily rather liked spiders...
The Spider Sewed a Silver Ball by Emily Dickenson
I think what I meant was I get this feeling Emily really...really liked spiders...
The Spider’s Web ( A Natural History) by E.B. White (Of Charlotte's Web fame)
meh - until the last line and then you are reading it over and over again....
Upon a Spider Catching a Fly by Edward Taylor (1642-1729)
There's no escaping the religous overtones of this old poem, but there's no escaping the keen observation and the fun use of language either, even if, or especially because it is quite old fashioned.
And finally in honour of the arachnophobes...
Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet
Eating her curds and whey
Along came a spider
And sat down beside her...
And frightened miss Muffet away.
And so with that, no more spider poems - at least not for a long while - I promise...
A.J. Ponder's books are available through Rona Gallery, Amazon, Paper Plus and good Wellington bookstores.
P.S. If anyone finds or remembers any more spider poems they'd like me to include, comment below and I'll add them to the list above!