I have to memorise a poem for my pedagogy course next week, and when I was thinking of which one to choose (cannot be a children's poem, and had to be more than 10 lines), I couldn't think of any better than this sonnet by Simon Armitage, not a children's poem, obviously more than 10 lines, and most importantly easy to memorise! And I couldn't help sharing it here:


And if it snowed and snow covered the drive
he took a spade and tossed it to one side.
And always tucked his daughter up at night.
And slippered her the one time that she lied.

And every week he tipped up half his wage.
And what he didn’t spend each week he saved.
And praised his wife for every meal she made.
And once, for laughing, punched her in the face.

And for his mum he hired a private nurse.
And every Sunday taxied her to church.
And he blubbed when she went from bad to worse.
And twice he lifted ten quid from her purse.

Here’s how they rated him when they looked back:
sometimes he did this, sometimes he did that.

From Simon Armitage's poetry collection Kid (1992)