History of Children’s Literature - EDU12HCL Week 6 Lecture 2. Children’s Poetry. Of all the things I wish I were I wish I were a sparra …. © La Trobe University, David Beagley, 2005. References.
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Of all the things I wish I were
I wish I were a sparra …
© La Trobe University, David Beagley, 2005
Hunt, P. (ed.) (2004) International Companion Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature, London: RoutledgeChap.20: Iona Opie - “Playground Rhymes and oral tradition”Chap. 21: Andy Arleo - “Children’s rhymes and folklore”Chap. 30: Morag Styles - “Poetry”
Lurie, A. (1990) Don’t tell the Grown-ups: subversive children’s literature. London: BloomsburyChap. 16: The folklore of childhood
Turner, I. (1976) Cinderella dressed in yella, New York: Taplinger
Factor, J. (1985) Far out, brussel sprout! Australian children’s chants and rhymes. Melbourne: Oxford University Press(also All right, Vegemite! and You beaut, Juicy Fruit!)
Many works by Peter & Iona Opie on folklore, games and nursery rhymes
What is it about poetry that causes such strong reactions to its literary concept?
Two streams of creation:
Form and structure
A deliberate and controlled construction,
aiming to utilise these techniques
to enhance and intensify
the standard use of words
to communicate ideas, emotions, experiences and observations
Trying to say as much as possible in the least possible words
Rhymes and games created BY children
The poetry of play:
The poetry of play:
Poetry written FOR children
17th century: Saving the Soul of the Sinful Child
18th century: Chap and cheap, sensational and sold
19th century: Children are a world of their own
Mid 19th century: Cradle songs and Mothering
Mid 19th century: What Nonsense!!
Late 19th century: What a Problem!!
Didactic Education + Childish Exaggeration =
Early 20th century: The child’s view of life
Later 20th century: Pick and choose