In 1939, the novel And then they were none by mystery writer, Agatha Christie, featured a disturbing poem called Ten Little Soldier Boys. This small poem serves as an outline for the events of the book. In my English class, we were reading the book and we were all very astonished by this poem. So, I thought about sharing it here.
“Ten little Soldier boys went out to dine;
One choked his little self and then there were nine.
Nine little Soldier boys sat up very late;
One overslept himself and then there were eight.
Eight little Soldier boys traveling in Devon;
One said he’d stay there and then there were seven.
Seven little Soldier boys chopping up sticks;
One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.
Six little Soldier boys playing with a hive;
A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Five little Soldier boys going in for law;
One got into Chancery and then there were four.
Four little Soldier boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three little Soldier boys walking in the zoo;
A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Two little Soldier boys playing with a gun;
One shot the other and then there was One.
One little Soldier boy left all alone;
He went out and hanged himself and then there were none.”
Hope you enjoyed this post. Leave in the comments what you thought about the poem or if you read the book And then they were none tell me your thoughts about.
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