Discuss the Article : 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.
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)
BED IN SUMMER
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?
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.
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.