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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
Edward Lear was an English poet living in the ____ century.

Edward Lear is well known for his _______ writing.

What kind of creature is an owl?

What is the meaning of 'to tarry'?

A wood is a place where there are a lot of _________.

A shilling is:

Turkey is traditionally eaten in the UK:

A 'quince' is:

This poem is described as a 'nonsense poem'.
What is the meaning of the word nonsense?

Poetry often contains rhyming words.
Only one of the following pairs of words rhyme. Which one is it?

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114 Comments on “Learn English with a poem!”

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I quite love and keep watching lesson on this site I don’t know why I think that I would rather addicted or obsessed with this site..
Since I didn’t like some teachers speech but now I’m so comfortable with their speech..
I love it..
I love it..
I love it..
Really the truth is I cant live without this site and actually, this is my everyday thought that I’ve in my mind these days but don’t know why.. .

Wednesday, November 4th 2015

I quite love all Engvid Teachers and this Site too especially why is?..
I’ve learnt English language only through this site not by anybody or any other site this is true true true..
the most important to improve my English is nothing their awesome presentation with their effort!!!.. .
And I almost watched all lesson of all teachers lesson..

Wednesday, November 4th 2015

It was lesson for fun. Thanks.

Wednesday, November 4th 2015

Yes, It was quite fun and funny…
And I enjoyed And I learnt some new words here too..
Lovely actually it was!!!… .. .

Wednesday, November 4th 2015

Funny lesson, Gill! I liked it! Thank you.

Thursday, November 5th 2015

nice lesson. Thank you

Thursday, November 5th 2015

It was very interesting lesson, thx a lot!!!

Thursday, November 5th 2015

Hello every one?
Gil I’m very exiting about studing poem with you, one day may be Shekspear of Engvid. Hell what? hhhh,
Spilling the beans: It was a great lesson, Gil. I like more. thank you.

Thursday, November 5th 2015

Thank you, Gill!
It was nice)

Thursday, November 5th 2015

good job

Thursday, November 5th 2015

Thank you very much!
A runcible spoon is a very interesting and useful thing!

Thursday, November 5th 2015

Please, Gill, go on with this kind of lesson!
Great way to learn many new words in a funny way!

Thursday, November 5th 2015

Gill, i want to learn English from this website.
but i am really confused regarding the sequence of watching these videos.
could you please give me an advise

Thursday, November 5th 2015

i want to ask u question,please
why when we start the sentence with a noun like’smoking’ dont we put ‘the’ before it?
i want a quick answer,please.

Thursday, November 5th 2015

how to learn spoke english language and grammer?i know english little. could you please tell me how to improve my english skiils?

Thursday, November 5th 2015

Thank you for introduction to English literature. As a bonus, a little cartoon.

Thursday, November 5th 2015

    Thank you, Maxim, that was a good idea and a real charming end of the lesson of Gill!

    Monday, March 28th 2016

it is really a good lesson and so funny. I enjoyed my time. thanks a lot

Thursday, November 5th 2015

I wasn’t thinking that English poem would be as easy as this :) Of course thanks to you Gill !!!

Thursday, November 5th 2015

I did like this lesson so much.
If we think that any message has a meaning,
could you please, Milady Gill next time,during the lesson, tell us what you think it was the metacommunication that the poet was telling at the people of his time with this poem?
Thanks a lot.

Thursday, November 5th 2015

Wow! This is a terrific lesson! Thank you, Gill.

Thursday, November 5th 2015


Thursday, November 5th 2015

Thank you Gill.

Thursday, November 5th 2015

Great lesson, Gill! I liked it a lot! I got 90! Thank you! Júlio César from Brazil. Bye!

Thursday, November 5th 2015

It was a excellent and fun lesson. Could you do this kind of lesson more often, please? Gill, you’ve improved my knowledge about the world. Someday I’ll tell and sing this cute poem for my son and daughter. Thank you.

Thursday, November 5th 2015

I’m worry about Why always my comment is waiting to be approved By Engvid..
I should want to know that help me!!… .
Why Because is how others comment only be approved by Engvid but not my command?..

Thursday, November 5th 2015

An entertaining nonsense poem. It was my first time hearing it too. Thanks, Gill!

Thursday, November 5th 2015

    Hi Alex, Talking about your video on “cars” your guys have used the word: (Steering wheel), but I realise that there are other uses of (Steer) in English as : Steer clean S/O why is this?? thank you a lot.

    Friday, November 6th 2015

      For sure. “Steer clear of Max!” means “Stay away from Max.”

      Friday, November 6th 2015

        Thank you very much, but you don´t steer clear of us please, hhh because we need your help, Thank you Alex and through it all the staff.

        Saturday, November 7th 2015

    So nice to see you here,professor Alex. Very nice of
    you.Gill is a fantastic teacher,isn’t she? Now,Ifeel
    like learning that poem by heart.Maybe sing it to my

    Thursday, August 31st 2017

very interesting lesson, tanks Jill !

Friday, November 6th 2015

Thank you Jill

Friday, November 6th 2015

Hi, I liked this lesson. Gill explained it very well.

Friday, November 6th 2015

it was really interesting…Thanks.

Friday, November 6th 2015

Beatiful poem Gil! Thank you! I enjoyed a lot!

Friday, November 6th 2015

I’m really thankful to you
I learnt lots of thing with engvid.com

Friday, November 6th 2015

Thank you very much Gill, it´s always a pleasure to listen to your lessons!!
Hope to see you again soon ;)

Friday, November 6th 2015

Thank you Gill for the lesson.It is very interesting, and it is always pleasure to listen to you. You explain it very detailed ,as always.

Friday, November 6th 2015

Love this class. Thank you, Gill.

Friday, November 6th 2015

Am I the only one who thinks of someting else when I hear ‘O lovely pussy’ and pussy-cat?? Meaning changed over the years? After all, the poem was written in 1871.

Friday, November 6th 2015

Thank you very much, Gill. Don’t you know how happy I feel?

This a lovely way to learn new contents, with a good story and lively entertainments!

Saturday, November 7th 2015

What a such fun lesson! I enjoyed a lot. Thank you Gill.

Saturday, November 7th 2015

thank you very much

Sunday, November 8th 2015

thank you so much (:

Monday, November 9th 2015

thank you so much teacher it’s another ten out of ten; i’m really delighted

Tuesday, November 10th 2015

this leason was very good thank u .

Tuesday, November 10th 2015

Thank you for your lesson Gill, I have a question, I didn’t get the how is used the preposition by in these two states:

– by the light of the moon
– by the sea

Friday, November 13th 2015

    Hi Fabio — thanks for your question :-) The use of the preposition ‘by’ in the two quotations is a little different each time. The first one, ‘by the light of the moon’, means ‘in the light of the moon’, ‘illuminated by the moon’. The second one, ‘by the sea’, means ‘near the sea’, ‘at the side of the sea’. I hope this helps :-) Gill

    Friday, November 20th 2015

Thanks a lot Gill for that great lesson on poetry, I really enjoyed it, thanks!!

Saturday, November 14th 2015

I enjoyed this method of teaching! Thanks Gill

Sunday, November 15th 2015

Hi Gill, you are my favorite teacher in engvid.com. This lesson with poem was no nice. Very interesting. It´s a nice way to learn English, culture, art. After your lesson I read the poem and I laugh a lot. It´s really funny. He has a good sense of humor. I hope to watch more lessons of you Gill. Bye

Monday, November 16th 2015


Tuesday, November 17th 2015

Hi dear Gill .I watched your video.It is great .please upload more lessons .

Tuesday, November 17th 2015

Thank you.^-^

Thursday, November 19th 2015

Very amusing

Thursday, November 19th 2015

after watch that video i knew E poem

Friday, November 20th 2015

hallo Ms Gill,really i’ve enjoyed this lesson,i like your teaching style.I’ve tried to read the sonnets of the great Shakespeare but unfortunately i can’t go through it..any advice?! i hope that you will do more vedios about old poets and poems. thanks alot

Friday, November 20th 2015

Thank You, Gill. I adore you lessons, and it’s so sad that your lessons produced not very often. I’m looking foward to another lesson. I hope it will be produced in not long period.

Monday, November 23rd 2015

I really enjoyed this lesson, not only because I learned new vocabulary but also cultural aspects of your culture

Thursday, December 3rd 2015

I appreciated
your lesson a lot.Thank you teacher Gill!

Sunday, December 6th 2015

Hello teacher Gill
I liked this funy poem lesson so much but mainly i liked your british accent indeed. I subscribe for your new lessons and thank you for learning new thing like nonsense story to us 🌹

Tuesday, January 5th 2016

I love this lesson! Tanks! I alread download this poem for my kids, really cute :D

Friday, January 8th 2016

Thank you a lot! The teacher explains understandable. I leaned new words such as ‘mince’, ‘quince’ etc

Sunday, January 10th 2016

Thank you very, very much, Gill. I’m new in this site and I’m very happy to find all of you. I’m a 73 year old brasilian man.

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

Thank you very much!
I really enjoyed this video lesson

Saturday, February 6th 2016

Wonderful! We look forward to more poetry lessons! Thank you very much!

Monday, February 29th 2016


Saturday, March 5th 2016

Thanks for the lesson and lovely poem.

I think 21st century must be between 2000 – 2100, after all the word century means a hundred years, right?

“The poem was written in 1871. 19th century = 1800–1899 20th century = 1900–1999 21st century = 2000–2999”

Thursday, March 10th 2016

It was really informative lesson . I’m asking you for more studys like this ?

Monday, March 14th 2016

Thank you, Gill! You have mastered this difficult lesson wonderfully! I would be very glad to hear still many lessons from you!

Monday, March 28th 2016

very nice story,also Gill is a wonderful teacher.

Wednesday, April 27th 2016

very good

Saturday, May 21st 2016

How lucky I am to have this lesson! This is my first time to learn an English poem. Thank you.

Sunday, May 22nd 2016

I didnt get 100 but i really enjoyed !
thanks teacheer

Tuesday, June 7th 2016

Brilliant lesson! I really like your lessons, thank you.

Wednesday, June 8th 2016

Thank you Jill. You are my favourite teacher. Your English is very clearly for me. I have just done the quiz and my spore is 100%

Friday, July 8th 2016

I never thought that I could read and understand a poem. Thanh you for this great lesson, Gill.

Sunday, July 31st 2016

poem is always too complex, and it’s also difficult to understand, because the lines of poew involves abundant slan meaning and strange words, so if you want to understand the meaning of poem deeply or thoroughly , you should research their culture and history.

Tuesday, August 16th 2016

Gill is a brilliant teacher !!! She has a wonderful, clear speech!!! I m very glad her explanation ! I think she is the best professional on this website

Wednesday, August 24th 2016

Where is lesson?

Thursday, September 8th 2016

Hello Gill: In the first verse there are 3 things that confuse me:

#1: Went to sea: isn’t it “Went to THE sea”?
#2: Looked up to: isn’t it “Looked up AT”?
#3: And sang to a small: isn’t it “And sang WITH a small”?
Maybe both your words & mine are correct because English is as fun as it is confisung or “wierd”.

Thanks & greets from Argentina.

Thursday, September 8th 2016

    Oops two typos at the end: I meant to write CONFUSING & WEIRD.

    Thursday, September 8th 2016

      Good question Marcelo!

      Thursday, November 10th 2016

    Hola Ramos,

    Espero que estés bien.:)

    Hope you can still get/find my reply :). Let me answer those for you and also for those who might be wondering why this or that preposition was used in the limerick:

    1. There are some expressions, where the definite article (“the”) is missing, and then the meaning or the usage is also very specific. That is, there is NO article used in the following expressions with the following meanings:

    – If you are “AT SEA”, it means you are on the surface of the sea in a boat or a ship; that is, you are either travelling/sailing or rowing (= pulling oars), or you might be working on a ship or a boat on THE sea (= this is NOT a fixed phrase, so we use the “THE” here).
    – If some goods (= products) are “BY SEA”, they are in/on a ship (across THE see), e.g. Our exports always go BY SEA (= the means of transport used). We can also say “BY VESSEL”, which is a large ship (no article used here either). Similarly: BY AIR (= using a plane).

    2. You “look AT” someone/their face, but you “look UP TO” the sky/the stars. You can also “look up to SOMEONE”, which is an idiom that means you respect or admire them. All of these are so-called phrasal verbs, so you have to learn them as they are with their definitions and usage. There are some special dictionaries or books for learners that contain only phrasal verbs.

    3. If you sing TO a musical instrument, I understand it as that someone (a musician) takes the lead and he/she plays the music/tune on it, and you (only) accompany them by singing, and not the other way round. That is, in some cases, the main “attraction” is maybe the guitar/violin etc. itself, and not the singer’s/choir’s singing.
    A real example from the Internet:
    “Some of the ‘planned’ things had to be changed….the organist wasn’t there…so we sang to a guitar….”

    As for 1&2, I suggest you also check out e.g. Macmillan and Longman dictionaries online.

    Hope this helps. Regards,

    Tuesday, December 25th 2018

      One more expression I wanted to draw your attention to is: “to be (ALL) AT SEE”, which mean you are confused or unsure what to do. Check out:


      Tuesday, December 25th 2018

        *which means

        Tuesday, December 25th 2018


Wednesday, October 12th 2016

Brilliant lesson, Thanks!

Friday, November 4th 2016


When I started to watch the videos I thought “Gill will teach us with a poem’s help’ and it happened!!! Thank you very much!! Also, I can learn about the culture and History of UK! Can you talk about the Noble titles and their History???….

Monday, November 7th 2016

    SORRY! Could you talk about Noble Titles in the UK and their Hostory, please? (we must be polite haha) :D

    Monday, November 7th 2016

Thanks Gill, Please…please keep posting more lessons videos! XX

Thursday, November 10th 2016

    She’s doing a great job

    Friday, July 14th 2017

Thank you very much!
A runcible spoon is a very interesting and useful thing!

Friday, November 18th 2016

Very interesting. I used not to like poems for their complexity! Thanks a lot, Gill!!! :)

Friday, April 28th 2017

Thank you for this wonderful lesson, Gill!I absolutely adore your accent!
Oh,and one little question from me.In the first line of the poem is said ‘to sea’.Why not use the indefinite article ‘the’?
I’m looking forward to your answer!

Thursday, May 11th 2017

Great ! I am learning Gill

Wednesday, August 2nd 2017

THank you very much! A Very interesting and userful manner of retelling!

Sunday, August 13th 2017

Great lesson,Gill.Very useful. I wonder if you
would be so kind as to teach us English using another
poem.Maybe I’m asking too much because you are a very
busy teacher. But, who knows?
A million thanks,Gill.

Thursday, August 31st 2017

You got 8 correct out of 10.

thank you.

Saturday, September 16th 2017

Very good lesson.Many thanks.

Sunday, October 8th 2017

Thank you Gill

Saturday, November 25th 2017

Dear Jill, I really like the lesson. I like story. It’s interesting poem. I enjoyed it. Stay blessed everyone. marry Christmas to every Christian.

Saturday, December 23rd 2017

Thank you Gill for this lesson

Tuesday, February 20th 2018

Thank you so much

Friday, September 7th 2018

Thanks Ms Gill for the great lesson , I watched lessons for Emma , Adam and James but you are the best , god bless you

Tuesday, September 18th 2018

Thank you Mrs. Gill! I like this poem!

Wednesday, February 20th 2019

Gill you are awsome!
keep posting more videos about poems please
thank you😍

Thursday, March 21st 2019

It’s a funny poem. I really liked your explanation. Thank you so much, Gill!
I love poetry, so I want more lessons like this.

By the way, I read a nice poem yesterday and I want to share it with you. Here is:

“Remember, every year two million people die of dehydration.
So it doesn’t matter if
the glass is half full or half empty.
There’s water in the cup.
Drink it and stop complaining.”

– Rudy Francisco

Monday, August 19th 2019

Thank you Gill. I hope learn recently poem too.

Tuesday, September 10th 2019

How correct! I got all 100percent. Thank you Fill.

Friday, October 18th 2019

Thank you Gill and not Fill.Sorry it was typing error

Friday, October 18th 2019

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