Fridge: Poetry

Fridge Horror
  • When I was a little kid, around 4-6 years old, I loved the poem "Little Bunny Foo Foo". Reading it as a teen or young adult, I realized the title character was the equivalent of a schoolyard bully who was torturing the field mice when he scooped them up and bopped the on the head, and the "Good Fairy" then effectively lobotomized him as punishment for doing so. And then there's another version where she beheads him! You know, for kids!
  • No one never said Humpty Dumpty was an egg...
  • Tennyson's The Lady of Shalott was actually called out on its fridge moment by Sandy Stranger in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. In the poem, The Lady finds a boat tied up under a tree, and writes The Lady of Shalott on it before getting in. Sandy has an imaginary conversation with her where she asks "By what means did your ladyship write those words?" The Lady explains there was a can of paint and a brush nearby, probably left there by "some heedless member of the Unemployed."