I’m counting down to National Poetry Day (Thursday 2nd October) and I thought a great way to do this would be by listing my top five poems for children. This took me by surprise last year when it was published in his excellent book, In the Land of the Giants. Why We Do What We DoInkology build stories for children, enabling them to discover their world, themselves and how the two go together.
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Introduce a meaningful poem to your grandchildren, and forge a connection that shows how language is delightful, relevant, and educational (but we can keep that part a secret!). Take your grandchildren back to the golden age of baseball with the1888 narrative poem about the overconfident Mighty Casey, and the Mudville fans he did wrong. The author, a scholar at New York City's Columbia University, is said to have written this poem to entertain his children. Best-known as an artist of the Harlem Renaissance (1920 to the late 1930s), Hughes wrote several poems that evoke jazz and blues. Young people love this poem for the exciting narrative and for Carroll's wonderful made-up words. With this Blake poem, published in 1794 in Songs of Experience, the late poet and teacher Kenneth Koch (1925-2002) would recommend that you ask childeren to imagine themselves talking to some beautiful, mysterious creature.

A devoted animal lover, Marianne Moore wrote poems focusing on everything from the scaly anteater to the ostrich of this poem, published in 1961 in The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore.
At this Washington State University site, unlock the hallucinatory images of Coleridge's classic poem about Kubla Khan and Xanadu. Young readers relate both to the straightforward language of this poem, published in 1962 by New Directions Press, and to the idea of apologizing for something you're not really sorry about.
Published in The Bean Eaters, Brooks's 1960 poem about young dropouts still resonates today.
Published in The Complete Poems 1927-1979, this piece tells us that though their losses might seem minor to us, adolescents experience them keenly. Collins, poet laureate from 2001 to 2003, had this poem published in an anthology of his work, Sailing Around the Room, 2001. Spending part of her childhood in the Dominican Republic, Julia Alvarez now makes her home in New York City.
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Amanda is a National Board Certified teacher with oodles of experience in early childhood education. So much poetry is available, it's easy to find something that will appeal to your grandchildren, whatever their interests or ages.
Whether his inspiration came from the Knickerbocker's History of New York or a Christmas Eve sleigh ride is disputed.
As such, the poems are ideal for exploring an important cultural movement and the connection between poetry and music.
The steady beat, stirring refrain, and traditional metaphors of the poem capture the imaginations of young people. The site also includes an explication of the poem, originally published in Sibylline Leaves in 1817.
Vincent Millay poem gives it a nursery-rhyme feel, but the poem offers a romantic glimpse of adult freedoms to come. She writes vividly about her struggles with her mother and her own early reactions to war in this 1985 poem of domesticity. If you wish, you'll have the opportunity to connect with a representative, with no obligation.

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