(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

After publishing a second book of poems, Now We Are Six, in 1927, Milne issued his second and last Pooh book in 1928. In many respects it is like his first one, although he introduces one new character, Tigger, whose bounciness signifies his impulsive and reckless character, to enliven the scene.

The last story, however, is very different. It is a goodbye to Christopher and the Hundred Acre Wood. It is the whimsically gloomy Eeyore, probably the funniest of all Milne’s creatures, who celebrates in a verse of his own construction Christopher’s “going.” The poem itself exemplifies one of the author’s favorite techniques: the speaker’s interruption of his own poem to complain about such things as the difficulty of finding appropriate rhymes or other suddenly discovered poetic weaknesses. When the poem is recited to the animals, Pooh alleges that it is better than the poem he had meant to contribute, to which Eeyore replies that “it was meant to be.”

As Christopher reads the poem later, the animals depart until only Pooh is left. He tells Pooh that they will take a walk together. When Pooh asks where, his answer is “nowhere,” and he tells Pooh that the thing that he prefers doing is “nothing.” Their walk, he points out, is a good example of “nothing.” Christopher talks of some of the things that he is learning, all unfamiliar to Pooh, and then, simulating a ceremony of knighthood, dubs Pooh his most faithful...

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(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Milne, Christopher. The Enchanted Places. New York: Penguin, 1976.

Milne, Christopher. The Path Through the Trees. New York: Dutton, 1979.

Milne, Christopher, and A. R. Melrose. Beyond the World of Pooh: Selections from the Memoirs of Christopher Milne. New York: Dutton, 1958.

Swann, Thomas Burnett. A. A. Milne. New York: Twayne, 1971.

Thwaite, Ann. A. A. Milne: The Man Behind Winnie-the-Pooh. New York: Random House, 1990.

Tyerman Williams, John. Pooh and the Philosophers; In Which It Is Shown That All Western Philosophy Is Merely a Preamble to Winnie-the-Pooh. London: Methuen, 1995.

Wullschlager, Jackie. Inventing Wonderland: The Lives and Fantasies of Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, J. M. Barrie, Kenneth Grahame, and A. A. Milne. New York: The Free Press, 1996.