The Poetry of the Nine Parts of Speech
Alvin Wood Chase (1817-1885)
Dr. Chase wrote this poem in 1867.
We writers should try to memorize it,
To us it has been given. - Tom Eubanks
NINE PARTS OF SPEECH
Three little words you often see,
Are Articles--a, an, and the.
A Noun's the name of anything,
As school, or garden, hoop, or swing.
Adjectives tell the kind of Noun,
As great, small, pretty, white, or brown.
Instead of Nouns the Pronouns stand--
Her head, his face, your arm, my hand.
Verbs tell of something to be done--
To read, count, sing, laugh, jump, or run.
How things are done, the Adverbs tell,
As slowly, quickly, ill, or well.
Conjunctions join the words together
As man and woman, wind or weather.
The Preposition stands before
A noun, as in, or through a door.
The Interjection shows surprise,
As oh! How pretty--ah! How wise.
The whole are called Nine Parts of Speech,
Which reading, writing, speaking teach.