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.



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