The Chaos

The Chaos poem is quite possible my favourite poem of all time. Written by Gerard Nolste Trenité (1870 – 1946), it shows the irregularities of English pronunciation. There are two versions of it: the original 164 lines version; and the updated and complete 274 line version. The image on the left shows the first 12 lines of the poem, to give you a flavour of what it’s like. The Chaos has to be read out loud for the full effect, to really appreciate the intriguing pronunciations of certain English words. Give it a go.

English really is a phenomenal language; don’t give it up! Onwards!

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