I’ve got a bit of a poem thing going on at the moment; spending a little bit of time reading them with children and hearing their ideas about meanings and feelings has really inspired me to do more of it. I MEANT to do more of this with my children, it was so part of my Charlotte Mason/PNEU childhood and what I wanted to give my kids, but I haven’t done too well. it’s never too late to change though.
Recently we’ve read Ballad by Auden, The Road Less Travelled and The Owl and the Pussy Cat all in groups and I’ve loved listing to what they think of the poems. It has lit me up enough to want to do this better and really explore poetry more with the kids who want to.
When I think back to my childhood, schooling that included learning and reciting and a home where telling poems was still very much a part of things (my Nana was an elocution scholar and still knew loads) there are lots of poems that mean something to me, either because they are classics or because they just touched a spot in me. I thought I would set a task of finding 100 poems I want to know I read to my children so that they will remember, I hope, that I did.
What poems would you suggest? What made you laugh, think, cry as a child or now? What do you love? What should I put on my list of poems that my children should have heard?