April is Poetry Month! Also: ravens.

Here’s a confession: I love reading (you knew that already), but I’m on the fence about poetry. Sometimes I…well, I don’t know what it’s talking about. I do love rhyming kid poetry, but I feel like I’m supposed to love esoteric non-rhyming poems about fields of wheat also.

I haven’t told my kids about this. I don’t want them to think it’s not cool to love wheat poems. Like I talked about a few months ago on Nerdy Book Club, sometimes I hand them books I think they’ll like and walk away.

It seems to be working. Last week Henry got a bright look in his eye, grabbed a pen, and churned out this thing:

Henry's poem Ravens in the WoodsThis poem I like. I want to hug it, even though it’s not a particularly huggable poem (also: paper is not very cuddly). This poem is the sum total of feeding your 4th grader a steady diet of books that he enjoys.

And yes, it’s bragging, but I’m super proud that he wrote this.

Happy poetry month, everyone!

Comments (12)

  1. Joanna April 1, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Brag away, Julie. Henry’s poem is awesome!

  2. Paticus April 1, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I think we have similar opinions on poetry. I have never had much use for it. i can appreciate it, but never really find myself LIKING it. I really dig song lyrics though, so maybe I’m just not that bright.
    This however, is a very cool poem, and hells yeah you should be proud and brag about it.
    Absolutely love that he used o’er. That is awesome.

  3. Julie April 1, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Thanks, Joanna! Also I was jealous that this is what his first drafts look like.

  4. Julie April 1, 2013 at 10:18 am

    But what are song lyrics really, besides rhyming kid poetry? Ok, not all lyrics I guess. But they do rhyme usually.

    And yes, I love that he used o’er too, and also that he wrote about ravens.

  5. LoriO April 1, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    That is awesome! I love that he used o’er too. And thank you for saying that about poetry, because I’ve always felt sort of embarrassed that I don’t like it, or get it, or maybe both.

  6. Julie April 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I’m really hoping the comments on this blog post turns into a confessional for people who can finally admit they don’t really get poetry.

  7. Sylvie April 1, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    That’s fantastic! I love it! I realize that my favorite poems are really stories that are quite understandable…Donald Hall, Jane Kenyon, Mary Oliver, and Maine’s own Wesley McNair.

  8. susan April 1, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    That is an amazing poem by a 4th grader! It’s a wonderful poem! I especially love it in its raw form – handwritten, on paper. It’s terrific!

  9. Telly April 13, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    While not the identical imbedded rhyme scheme from Robert Frost’s “Stopping By Woods On a Snowy Evening,” (a-a-b-a/b-b-c-b..etc) Henry’s a-a-b-a/c-c-d-c, etc…. echoes the master’s poem quite nicely, and his mood is amazingly parallel. An excellent job! 🙂

  10. Nancy Fairweather April 26, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    What an awesome song that would make!! Save these. (Knowledge level EXPERT by virtue of the fact that my son writes/sings) 😀 Very good job.

  11. Robyn May 3, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Really excellent pauses in this poem. Big fan of the use of “o’er” o’er and then o’er again. Also: perfect placement for that “And yet”. Well done, Henry!

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