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 to engage pupils into an early exploration of poetry and its basics. Pupils can make their own noises, as fun and as silly as they like, and work on rhythm, testing out what sounds good and what does not. From this, the teacher can encourage pupils to think about why some sound combinations work and others do not.