The Spider To The Fly

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The poem "The Spider To The Fly" was written by English poet Mary Howitt and published in 1829.

The opening words of the poem "Will you walk into my parlor?" have become an aphorism, suggesting a false offer of friendship or a trap. The line has been used and parodied by various writers; including "Lewis Carroll, whose "Lobster Quadrille" from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" is considered a parody of "The Spider To The Fly".

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Will you come into my
said the Spider to the Fly,
'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;

The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've many things to show you when you are there."

"Oh no, no,"
said the little Fly,
"to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down


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Chloe, United States

14 November 2012 at 6:25am

think about it. the poem is really creepy, but well writen.

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Jeanne, Baker, Usa

9 February 2009 at 9:18pm

My grandmother used to recite this poem to me when I was a little girl (back in the late 50s and early 60s). She had learned it in school as a little girl and was then in her late 70s and early 80s. This has been around a long time!

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