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ERIC Number: ED244261
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 18
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Children's Poetry: Writing as an Awakening.
Apseloff, Marilyn
There has been a remarkable amount of production and publication of children's poetry since the 1960s. One of the early, popular anthologies of children's poetry was "Miracles" (Simon & Shuster, 1966), with poems from English-speaking countries revealing how imaginative children could be and their use of metaphors. "The Me Nobody Knows: Children's Voices from the Ghetto" (Avon, 1969) is a collection that appeared at the end of the decade revealing that inner-city children wanted to and could express themselves in writing. "Mad Sad & Glad" (Scholastic, 1970) contains poems from the Scholastic Creative Writing Awards, demonstrating the junior and senior high school writers' interest in language and imagery. Kenneth Koch's "Wishes, Lies, and Dreams" (Random House, 1970; Vintage, 1971) contains an essay on teaching children to write poetry, and presents the results of classroom collaborations that gradually led children to create their own works. In 1971, several collections appeared, among them "Peace Is You and Me" (Avon, 1971), which used more rhyme than is found in other collections. "Male & Female Under 18" (Avon, 1973) contains prose and poetry about young people's sex roles in today's society. This collection is more important for what it says than for how well the thoughts are expressed. These and other collections reveal that children have "potential" as poets; many of them are highly observant and imaginative. Children should be encouraged to write and learn more about the craft. (Samples of poetry from some of the collections discussed are included.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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