Nonsense poetry is explained as a good way of understanding the difference between poetry and prose - the words seem to make sense but actually make none. A well-known nonsense poem, 'On the Ning-Nang-Nong', is performed by its writer, the famous comedian Spike Milligan.

This clip is from:
Smile it could be verse
First broadcast:
8 October 1998

This clip can be used for pupils to revisit what they have already learnt about poetry, and how important the sound of a poem is in accompanying the words. This can extend into a deeper exploration of how the nonsense poems are effective, in terms of their rhythm and how using the right number of syllables on each line helps the poem to get its message across even when it makes no sense. Pupils can then make their own nonsense poem, before making a sensible poem but applying the same rules.