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A Poem By A.A. Milne

Riddles are little poems or phrases that pose a question that needs answering. Riddles frequently rhyme, but this is not a requirement.


Puzzle ID:#38357
Fun:*** (2.97)
Difficulty:** (1.67)
Submitted By:HadleighAau*
Corrected By:cnmne




Can you figure out what A.A. Milne was referring to in this verse from his "When We Were Very Young" book?

She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
"Winter is dead."


A daffodil

The poem is exactly how A.A. Milne wrote it for his son Christopher Robin, and his collections of verse and stories of Winnie-the Pooh have been favourites of children all over the world.

"When We Were Very Young" was first published on November 6th, 1924.


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Sep 19, 2007

The one thing I forgot to say when I submitted this riddle was it's name. The poem is called " Daffodowndilly" and I do hope you read some more of A.A. Milne's verse. My favourite is "Disobedience", it's all about a three year old called James James Morrison Morrison.
Sep 19, 2007

i liked this one, too. well written
Sep 20, 2007

Thanks for your comment, Grilledcheese. I can not take the credit for writing this verse. As I said, this is exactly as A.A. Milne wrote. I submitted it as a Teaser so that others might read his verse and enjoy it too as I have done.
Sep 20, 2007

Nice teaser!
Sep 20, 2007

I love A.A. Milne!!! Thanks for sharing this!!
Sep 21, 2007

Thank you for sharing this with us and for giving credit to A.A. Milne. Good job!
Sep 29, 2007

I LOVE WINNIE THE POOH! THATS HOW I GOT MY NAME! that was a great teaser
Oct 22, 2007

I love A.A.Milne, great for children!
Oct 22, 2007

nice one - had not heard this before - enjoyed it even tho got it easily
Oct 22, 2007

I loved this one. It came to me right away that it was a flower, but I wasn't quite sure which of the spring flowers it was. I really enjoyed this little trip to AA Milne-ville.
Oct 22, 2007

very cool poem but i thought it was a sunflower, i think it works for sunflower too??? anyway thanks for submitting!
Oct 22, 2007

Sunflowers don't bloom in the spring, at least not where I live. I really enjoyed this poem, especially since the daffodil is one of my favorite flowers of Spring. I look forward to seeing them come up every year.
Oct 22, 2007

I was thinking it was simply sping or summer.
Oct 22, 2007

Thanks everyone for your great comments. I can't believe this was made teaser of the day. A.A. Milne is the celebrity not me but thank you, on his behalf for all the comments on his poem.
Oct 22, 2007

Nice to find a teaser in this lovely poem..........thanks for sharing
Oct 22, 2007

Oct 22, 2007

Oct 22, 2007

Thank you Hadleigh. What a lovely way to start the week. Poety is foof for the soul. I have a whole collection but not AA Milne.
Something to adquire. I thought of Spring but knew that was too easy

Love Daffodowndilly

Is that why my Dad always called
crocodiles, Crocodowndillys? For Real, Seriously . Thanx Rose
Oct 22, 2007

Sorry, must post again. My fingers are making typos. I meant FOOD for the soul no foof and
there is another error there? Sorry

I could probably find this in one
of my poetry collection books.

Thanks Again.
Oct 22, 2007

Even I understood...Sixty seven year old man from another culture.
Very nice.
Oct 22, 2007

Darn, I thought it was a SunFlower.
Oct 22, 2007

cool... i didnt know that
Oct 22, 2007

Very nice
Though of course if you don't really know a lot of poetry, like me, then this one totally confused you.
Oct 22, 2007

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments. It was a shock to see this was the Teaser of the Day. A.A. Milne would be pleased to see all of you enjoying his rhymes.
Oct 22, 2007

Nice Hadleigh! I knew it (or guessed it) immediately, but I'm a big daffodil lover. Thanks!
Oct 22, 2007

I love that line...
Oct 22, 2007

That was a superb line from a great poet. I guessed it right off. Loved it. Thanks for the post dear.

Oct 23, 2007

Really like this one! I'm not the biggest fan of poetry, but I particularly enjoyed this poem, and have in fact read more Milne poems since I first saw this.
Oct 24, 2007

Oct 27, 2007

Oh, doglady, yes I remember you and guess what I love this - even read it to my grandson right off the monitor. He gave me a big grin, so you scored another one. Grayma V
Oct 22, 2010

Very nice! I guessed "crocus" since they are an early spring flower, but so is the daffodil and of course fits the description better.

Thank you for the uplifting teaser!
Oct 25, 2010

Could also be a sunflower.
Oct 22, 2013

Oct 22, 2013

I love A.A. Milne and have enjoyed his books and poems for many years. Had I not studied this poem in my "Kiddie Lit" class in university I am not sure I would have gotten beyond knowing it was a flower.

I know nothing about flowers as I am not botanically inclined and have no interest in becoming so. I have even gone as far as to remove all the dirt from the flower bed in my yard and replace it with lovely white stones. Nothing grows there!
Oct 22, 2013

Lovely poem. Sweet and innocent.
Oct 22, 2013

Loved it. So sweet.
Oct 22, 2016

How very sad Habs! There is nothing more beautiful than nature, and especially in a flower. You do not have to be botanically inclined to dig a hole, put a plant in, and keep it watered to see the lovely result. You can even put it in a nice pot and keep it in the house to admire. I really feel sorry for people that miss out on the pleasure of seeing a flower bloom and watch its beauty of it opening up. Maybe someday you will change your thinking and try it just once. You will be surprised at how it makes you feel. Milne says it correctly!
Oct 22, 2016

Lovely! Thanks for posting, Hadleigh. I will look for more of A. A. Milne's writings!

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