He had a trombone to play loud silly tunes, He had a green dog and a thousand balloons. And every time he did a trick, Everyone felt a little sick. And every time he told a joke, Folks sighed as if their hearts were broke. And every time he lost a shoe, Everyone looked awfully blue.
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The title of the poem is very simple; it only shows that the poem is about a clown named Cloony. Clowns are usually associated with humor, so a first look at the title causes me to infer that it will be a funny poem. The narrator is telling a story about a clown named Cloony who worked in a circus.
Every time he made a joke or did a trick, he made people sad. One day, Cloony told people why he was so sad. He told them all of the dark feelings in his soul. After he finished telling them, everyone laughed. The laughter spread around the world, and everyone laughed forever. Cloony stayed in the circus tent. He said that he was funny by accident, but he did not mean to be. Everyone still laughed outside of the tent, and Cloony sat down and cried.
The diction of the poem is essential to its ironic quality. This makes the poem seem as if it is directed toward children readers, when in fact it contains a mature concept. 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.
A circus tent is meant to be happy, but in this poem it follows the ironic style of writing and represents something depressing. Hyperbole is also used in the poem to exaggerate the despair of Cloony. The poem also has a touch of sobriety, and the reader can infer that the narrator feels sorry for Cloony the Clown. When Cloony finally musters up the courage to tell the world his innermost feelings, it backfires.
This even causes a number of shifts within the poem. He changes from making people cry to making people laugh. Most importantly, he changes from trying to be happy to giving up and letting his grief consume him. Revisiting the title after analyzing the poem caused me to realize a whole different meaning of the name of the poem.
At first glance, it seems as if the poem will be funny because it is about the clown, but it is just the opposite: The clown actually represents sadness. It is your interactions with people that determine your happiness, as demonstrated by the poem. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.
Cloony The Clown
Cloony The Clown by Shel Silverstein. 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, just wasn't funny at all. He had a trombone to play loud silly tunes, He had a green dog and a thousand balloons. He was floppy and sloppy and skinny and tall, But he just wasn't, just wasn't funny at all.