A POEM FOR CHILDREN (Attributed to John Neale, 1886)
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, our arms, your hand.
VERBS tell of something being 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 nouns together,
As men and children, wind and 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.