Tag Archives: Point of View Examples

Third Person Point of View

Third Person Point of View or Third Person Perspective is written from the perspective of he, she or it.

Examples of teaching poems using the third person point of view:

The Elephant  by Hellaire Belloc

When people call this beast to mind,
They marvel more and more
At such a little tail behind,
So large a trunk before.

 

The Big Baboon  by Hillaire Belloc

The Big Baboon is found upon
The plains of Cariboo:
He goes about with nothing on
(A shocking thing to do).

But if he dressed up respectably
And let his whiskers grow,
How like this Big Baboon would be
To Mister So-and-so!

 

A Young Lady of Lynn  by Anonymous

There was a young lady of Lynn,
Who was so uncommonly thin
That when she essayed
To drink lemonade,
She slipped through the straw and fell in.

 

 

Second Person Point of View

Poems written in the second person point of view or second person perspective are written from the you point of view.

Examples of teaching poems with the second person point of view:

Don’t Worry if Your Job is Small  by Anonymous

Don’t worry if your job is small
And your rewards are few.
Remember that the mighty oak,
Was once a nut like you.

 

Americans

You can always tell the English,
You can always tell the Dutch,
You can always tell the Yankees–
But you can’t tell them much!

First Person Point of View

Poems written in the first person point of view or first person perspective are written from the I point of view.

First person point of view example:  I am going to the store.

Here are some teaching poems written from the first person point of view:

The Snowflake  by Walter de la Mare

Before I melt,
Come, look at me!
This lovely icy filigree!
Of a great forest
In one night
I make a wilderness
Of white:
By skyey cold
Of crystals made,
All softly, on
Your finger laid,
I pause, that you
My beauty see:
Breathe, and I vanish
Instantly.

 

February Twilight  by Sara Teasdale

I stood beside a hill
Smooth with new-laid snow,
A single star looked out
From the cold evening glow.

There was no other creature
That saw what I could see–
I stood and watched the evening star
As long as it watched me.

 

The March Wind  by Anonymous

I come to work as well as play;
I’ll tell you what I do;
I whistle all the live-long day,
“Woo-oo-oo-oo! Woo-oo!”

I toss the branches up and down
And shake them to and fro,
I whirl the leaves in flocks of brown,
And send them high and low.

I strew the twigs upon the ground,
The frozen earth I sweep;
I blow the children round and round
And wake the flowers from sleep.

(This poem is written from the first person point of view of the wind.)

 

Winter and Summer  by Oliver Herford

In Winter when the air is chill,
And winds are blowing loud and shrill,
All snug and warm I sit and purr,
Wrapped in my overcoat of fur.

In Summer quite the other way,
I find it very hot all  day,
But Human people do not care,
For they have nice thin clothes to wear.

And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the world is like a stew,
And I am much too warm to purr,
I have to wear my Winter fur?

(This poem is written from the first person point of view of a cat.)