Children's Literature

Instructor: Chi-Fen Emily Chen, Ph.D. 陳其芬

Department of English, National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, Taiwan


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Poetry for Children

 Please read Chapter 8 and Chapter 6: Mother Goose Books from Russell, D. L. (2009). Literature for children: a short introduction.

Introduction

   What is poetry?

       Poetry       ~ Eleanor Farjeon

What is Poetry? Who Knows?

Not a rose, but the scent of the rose;

Not the sky, but the light in the sky;

Not the fly, but the gleam of the fly;

Not the sea, but the sound of the sea;

Not myself, but what makes me

See, hear, and feel something that prose

Cannot: and what it is who knows?

 (*from Eleanor Farjeon's Poems for Children,1938)

  • A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness ...  It finds the thought and the thought finds the words.    ~ Robert Frost

  • A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.     ~ Robert Frost

  • Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.    ~ Rita Dove

  • Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.    ~ T. S. Eliot

  • Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.    ~ Thomas Gray

  • Poetry teaches us music, metaphor, condensation and specificity.    ~ Walter Mosley

  • Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.    ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

  Definition of Poetry  (Russell, 2005, pp. 176-177)

  • Poetry is the most emotionally charged means of written expression and it consists of words arranged in patterns of sound and imagery to spark an emotional, and intellectual, response from us.

  • Poetry is the language of the imagination, of feelings, of emotional self-expression, of high art.

  • Prose explains, but poetry sings.

  • The language in poetry is musical, precisememorable, and magical.