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Poems for children

In order to fulfil the natural desire of children they should be made familiar with the best poems so that they can enjoy poetry in their later days

Post by on Tuesday, November 2, 2021

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Poetry is frequently discussed by people, most of whom try to fix the boundaries of poetry, which of course is not an easy task. Poetry is a creation in itself.  As the lines in a poem are nourished with creativity, the poetic efficacy will increase on the same scale. Celebrating poetry is not limited to a particular sect or a cultural group. A commoner as well as elite can enjoy it equally.

Poetry is a human creation and hence the taste can be shared by whole mankind. Even a child has capacity to enjoy poetry. He too gets fascinated with rhyme and rhythm of the poetry. In order to fulfil the natural desire of children they should be made familiar with the best poems so that they can enjoy poetry in their later days. Such influences on children vary and they are lifelong.

Most of good poetry is based on nostalgia and nostalgic feelings. Poets borrow a lot from their past experiences of life. Epic poetry fills children with warmth and imagination. Fragmented stories in poems take the children to the world of dreams. Emotions are fixed like pearls in poems. Therefore it is necessary for teachers in the school or education boards to refrain from prescribing short poems in their literature.

It is unwise to say that a child’s faculties are not of the calibre to comprehend poems. In poetry child’s imagination can elevate higher than his understanding of life. His emotions can run forward than his little understanding. Most often there are poems written for children in which there are no musical and lyrical elements. However, the imagination and meaning in the words of such poems can be imbued by children whose minds often wander in fancy lands.

Children should be familiarised with artefacts of our indigenous literature. We should refrain from such works that have no meaning and can hamper the imaginative faculty of children. The poems prescribed in syllabi should be such that they can fascinate their minds, bring warmth of their hearts and imagination equally.

If we want to create more interest of poetry in children then we should choose such poems for children so that they can enjoy poetry to their fullest. Poems by great English scholars like Wordsworth and Blake, poems by regional poets and in other languages should be made available to children. Resourceful teachers should come forward in this regard. Let's cherish the yields of aesthetics by rejuvenating the field of poetry and literature.

(Author is Educator and Fiction Writer) 

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