Friday Poetry – The Song of Mr Toad


Are you lucky enough to have a Toadie in your life? He would make a great friend – full of adventure, plans, love of life and money to make it happen!

Mr Toad is from Kenneth Grahames Wind in the Willows. To the despair of his friends, he continually spends all his money on his obsessions. Eventually he ends up in jail due to his passion for motor cars.

Luckily his friends stand by him, hold an intervention, and help him defeat the wicked weasels who have taken over Toad Hall.

If I were Toadie for the day I would travel around in a hot air balloon, buy my husband every fishing shop in Sydney, and buy myself an entire Allanah Hill wardrobe.

I recently found this poem on a list of the best poems of all time. Not sure about that – but it’s a bit of fun.

The Song of Mr Toad

The world has held great Heroes,
As history-books have showed;
But never a name to go down to fame
Compared with that of Toad

The clever men at Oxford
Know all that there is to be knowed.
But they none of them knew one half as much
As intelligent Mr Toad!

The animals sat in the Ark and cried,
Their tears in torrents flowed.
Who was it said, “There’s land ahead?”
Encouraging Mr Toad!

The Army all saluted
As they marched along the road.
Was it the King? Or Kitchener?
No. It was Mr Toad!

The Queen and her Ladies-in-waiting
Sat at the window and sewed.
She cried, “Look! who’s that handsome man?”
They answered, “Mr Toad.”

Kenneth Grahame

Would love to read a few academic interpretations of Wind in the Willows…


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nigel McMorris
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 15:53:52

    That’s an interesting comment – “would love to read a few academic interpretations of ‘The Wind in the Willows’”. I had that thought myself a few years ago, and it turned into something of a slippery slope! Depending on how academic you’d like the interpretations, I’d recommend either an annotated version of “The Wind in the Willows”, such as the Oxford World’s Classics (ISBN 0199567565), or “The Wind in the Willows: A Fragmented Arcadia” (ISBN 0805788174), both by Professor Peter Hunt, or “Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows: A Children’s Classic at 100” (ISBN 0810872587). The last is really just for serious study. There are quite a few other academic papers and books listed on the Kenneth Grahame Society’s website in the bibliography section. I hope that something may be of interest. Regards. Badger.


    • Clare Horsfall
      Apr 09, 2013 @ 10:54:50

      Thank you for your recommendations! I think I will start with the annotated version of “The Wind in the Willows”. I’m excited to revisit the story actually.
      Thanks for coming out of hibernation Badger…


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