Poetry and Childhood

Paperback / softback, 272 pages, 244 mm x 170 mm
30 Sep 2010
Trentham Books Ltd

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"Poetry and Childhood" is the first academic book to give serious critical attention to the poetry of childhood. This international volume brings together poets including Philip Gross, Andrew Motion, and, Michael Rosen - the latter both former Laureates - and distinguished critics such as Teresa Cremin, Peter Hunt, Lissa Paul, David Rudd, Chip Sullivan, Laura Tosi, and Victor Watson. The collection is based on a prestigious conference organised by Morag Styles for the British Library and the University of Cambridge. Contributors of international renown look at key poets of childhood from the past, including John Bunyan, Robert Lois Stephenson, AA Milne, Ted Hughes, and, Charles Causley, and at the poetry for children by present English Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. They consider the major traditions and forms of poetry, take a new look at comic verse, develop fresh perspectives on nature as a central theme, and celebrate the importance of poetry as an oral medium. The voices of children, poets, parents and teachers responding to poetry are featured throughout. Though primarily aimed at scholars and teachers of children's literature, this collection is for everyone who is interested in poetry or children.

  • Morag Styles

  • Louise Joy

  • David Whitley

Introduction: Taking the Long View - the State of Children's Poetry Today - Morag Styles WHAT IS CHILDREN'S POETRY? Chapter 1: Theory, Texts and contexts: A Reading and Writing Memoir - Michael Rosen Chapter 2: Confronting the Snark: The Non-Theory of Children's Poetry - Peter Hunt Chapter 3: What Is Children's Poetry? Children's Views of Children's Poetry - Stephen Miles Chapter 4: Ted Hughes and the 'Old Age of Childhood' - Lissa Paul POETS AND CHILDHOOD Chapter 5: 'Childish Toys' for Boys with Beards: John Bunyan's A Book for Boys and Girls - Pat Pinsent Chapter 6: 'Those first affections': Wordswoth and Mournful Adolescence - Louise Joy Chapter 7: 'The Land of Play': Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses - Shaun Holland Chapter 8: A.A Milne's Poetic World of Childhood in When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six - Jean Webb Chapter 9: 'The Penny Fiddle' and Poetic Truth - Michael Joseph Chapter 10: 'A child, barefoot: alone': Innocence in Charles Causley's Poetry - Debbie Pullinger Chapter 11: 'Not Not Nursery Rhymes' and 'Not Not Lullabies': How Carol Ann Duffy and Porarinn Eldjarn Refurnish the Nursery - Olga Holownia TRADITIONS AND FORMS OF POETRY FOR CHILDREN Chapter 12: Humpty Dumpty and the Sense on an Unending - David Rudd Chapter 13: 'If it rhymes, it's funny': Theories of humour in Children's Poetry - Karen Coats Chapter 14: Children's Oral Poetry: Identity and Obscenity - C.W. Sullivan III Chapter 15: Poetry in Children's Annuals - Victor Watson Chapter 16: Wicked Thoughts: Fairy-tale Poetry for Children and Adults - Laura Tosi CHILDHOOD AND NATURE: CHANGING PERSPECTIVES Chapter 17: Anthropomorphism Dressed and Undressed in Beatrix Potter's Rhymes and Riddles - Lorraine Kerslake Chapter 18: Once upon a time in the realms of Eden: Children's Poetry in Brazil - Telma Franco Diniz Chapter 19: Animal Poems and Children's Rights in America, 1820-1890 - Angela Sorby Chapter 20: 'Imaginary gardens with real toads in them': Animals in Children's Poetry - David Whitley CHILDREN, TEACHERS, POETS, READERS Chapter 21: Poets in the Making: Ted Hughes, Poetry and Children - Peter Cook Chapter 22: Articulating the Auditory Imagination: When Children Talk About Poetry They Hear - John Gordon Chapter 23: The Affordances of Orality for young People's Experience of Poetry - Joy Alexander Chapter 24: Exploring Poetry Teachers: Teachers Who Read and Readers Who Teach Poetry - Teresa Cremin AFTERWORDS Chapter 25: Playing with words: Two children's Encounters with Poetry from Birth - Virginia Lowe Chapter 26: Writing Alongside at the Poetry and Childhood Conference - Philip Gross

With the calibre of contributors and the range of topics covered, this volume looks set to be the definitive work on poetry and childhood for the foreseeable future.

Roger Walshe, Head of Learning, The British Library

This collection of essays asks important questions about the nature of poetry for children, and provides a host of illuminating answers. It also confirms the strength and variety of recent writers in the field, paying proper respect to their originality, as well as to the ways they extend a distinguished and fascinating tradition

, Andrew Motion

This is a hugely significant book

, School Librarian Magazine