When searching Dada poetry, I came across something called ‘Nonsense poems’. Commonly associated with Spike Milligan, it is often used to teach children the difference between poetry and prose, the words seem to make sense but actually make none. A well-known example of nonsense poetry is ‘On the Ning-Nang-Nong’ by Milligan:
On the Ning Nang Nong
Where the Cows go Bong!
and the monkeys all say BOO!
There’s a Nong Nang Ning
Where the trees go Ping!
And the tea pots jibber jabber joo.
On the Nong Ning Nang
All the mice go Clang
And you just can’t catch ’em when they do!
So its Ning Nang Nong
Cows go Bong!
Nong Nang Ning
Trees go ping
Nong Ning Nang
The mice go Clang
What a noisy place to belong
is the Ning Nang Ning Nang Nong!!
When searching for nonsense poems, I also came across a site containing a list of ‘classic’ nonsense poems, an example:
I dreamed a dream next Tuesday week,
Beneath the apple-trees;
I thought my eyes were big pork-pies,
And my nose was Stilton cheese.
The clock struck twenty minutes to six,
When a frog sat on my knee;
I asked him to lend me eighteen-pence,
But he borrowed a shilling of me.