Alan Alexander Milne

Alan Alexander Milne Poems

A. A. Milne was a well-loved English children’s author who is best known for his Winnie-the-Pooh books and related poems. He also wrote screenplays, detective stories, and worked for the British film industry.  Read more about A.A. Milne.

Teddy Bear

by Alan Alexander Milne

In ‘Teddy Bear,’ the titular stuffed bear frets about his chubby body. A chance encounter with a plump passerby helps Teddy realize that fat men can still be held in high esteem, giving him newfound confidence about his appearance.

Milne's 'Teddy Bear' is particularly notable because it serves as a precursor to his famous Winnie-the-Pooh, whom he wrote many verses and stories about. The poem is, therefore, one of his more well-known verses, though not as famous as the Pooh Bear texts.

A bear, however hard he tries,

Grows tubby without exercise.

Our Teddy Bear is short and fat,

Which is not to be wondered at;

If I Were King

by Alan Alexander Milne

‘If I Were King’ by A.A. Milne is a highly entertaining poem. It contains the fantastical thoughts of a young boy who wants to be king.

The other night 'bout two o'clock, or maybe it was three,

An elephant with shining tusks came chasing after me.

His trunk was wavin' in the air an' spoutin' jets of steam

An' he was out to eat me up, but still I didn't scream

Explore more poems from Alan Alexander Milne

The Friend

by Alan Alexander Milne

‘The Friend’ by A.A. Milne is a thoughtful poem about fear. The speaker openly discusses his own concerns about his creative work and reputation.

Us Two

by Alan Alexander Milne

‘Us Two’ is a classic A.A. Milne poem. It depicts the simple and lighthearted adventures of Winnie the Pooh and the speaker, who is likely Christopher Robin.


by Alan Alexander Milne

‘Vespers’ by A.A. Milne is a thoughtful religious poem. It depicts Christopher Robin’s bedtime routine and prayers.

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