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Celebrating World Poetry Day 2018

To celebrate World Poetry Day on March 21 2018, teacher Derry shares one of her favourite children's poems with the italki community, "The Swing" by internationally renowned British author Robert Louis Stevenson.

Mar 21, 2018 12:00 AM
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Thanks for sharing. I will read it to my daughter as she like swing so much. She often asks for higher and higher during the swing.
March 21, 2018
It is a beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing it with us. 
March 21, 2018
Hey all
September 19, 2018

This one is anyone who lives in the tropics and doesn't understand why countries in the temperate latitudes have daylight savings time (aka summer time). (Also from A Child's Garden of Verses)


In winter I get up at night

And dress by yellow candle-light.

In summer, quite the other way,

I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see

The birds still hopping on the tree,

Or hear the grown-up people's feet

Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,

When all the sky is clear and blue,

And I should like so much to play,

To have to go to bed by day?

August 31, 2018

Let me share another poem from "A Child's Garden of Verses." I feel that it really shows a child's point of view. The last line sounds exactly like what a child would say. And before you read it, see if you can guess what the child's biggest treasure is. This, too, rings true.

My Treasures

These nuts, that I keep in the back of the nest  

Where all my lead soldiers are lying at rest,  

Were gathered in autumn by nursie and me  

In a wood with a well by the side of the sea.  


The stone, with the white and the yellow and gray,  

We discovered I cannot tell how far away;

And I carried it back although weary and cold,  

For though father denies it, I’m sure it is gold.  


But of all my treasures the last is the king.  

For there’s very few children possess such a thing;  

And that is a chisel, both handle and blade,

Which a man who was really a carpenter made.

August 31, 2018
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Derry Bryant
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