ERIC Number: ED360226
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
From Puggy to Larry: Poetry from "Gathering Light."
This paper contains a poetry reading presented to a meeting on poetic narrative and educational development. The presentation was based on the theory that the field of philosophy of education should include the realm of the possible as created and populated by the imagination, and often portrayed by works of art. The poems consist of attempts to represent childhood experiences from a child's point of view. They are poetic representations of a phenomenology of preadolescent cognitive development. Through the series of eight poems, the child (Puggy) becomes the little boy (Larry) by becoming able to distinguish self from other and advancing from a mythic to a romantic stage of development. A warning is included to the effect that the attempt to impose such adult terminology on this poetry may be destructive of the poet's work. Also included is a work in progress, a piece of prose that begins from an adult point of view when a morning brings back memories of long ago and childhood games. The poems are narrated by either Puggy the child, Larry the boy, or the poet as an adult. Each narrator could be identified as one of Kieran Egan's four stages of educational development. The mythic stage is identified with Puggy and encompasses the ages 4 through 10. The romantic stage is identified with Larry and ages 9 through 15. The philosophic state is represented by the poet and ages 14 through 20. The final ironic stage is ages 19 and over. (DK)
Descriptors: Childhood Attitudes, Cognitive Development, Creative Writing, Developmental Stages, Educational Development, Educational Philosophy, Parent Child Relationship, Poetry, Preadolescents
Midwest Philosophy of Education Society, 5006 West Grace Street, Chicago, IL 60641-3450 ($10).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Creative Works
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Midwest Philosophy of Education Society.