Poem for Children: The Eagle

THE EAGLE Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1809 – 1892 He clasps the crag with crooked hands; Close to the sun in lonely lands, Ringed with the azure world, he stands. The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls; He watches from his mountain walls, And like a thunderbolt he falls. Home

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Poem for Children: At the Zoo

AT THE ZOO William Makepeace Thackeray, 1811 – 1863 First I saw the white bear, then I saw the black; Then I saw the camel with a hump upon his back; Then I saw the grey wolf, with mutton in his maw; Then I saw the wombat waddle in the straw; Then I saw the…

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Poem for Children: Antagonish OR I Met a Man Who Wasn’t There

ANTAGONISH [I Met a Man who Wasn’t There] Hughes Mearns Yesterday, upon the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there He wasn’t there again today I wish, I wish he’d go away… When I came home last night at three The man was waiting there for me But when I looked around the hall…

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Poem for Children: Since Hanna Moved Away

SINCE HANNA MOVED AWAY Judith Viorst, 1931 The tires on my bike are flat. The sky is grouchy gray. At least it sure feels like that Since Hanna moved away. Chocolate ice cream tastes like prunes. December’s come to stay. They’ve taken back the Mays and Junes Since Hanna moved away. Flowers smell like halibut.…

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Poem for Children: Eletelephony

ELETELEPHONY Laura Elizabeth Richards Once there was an elephant, Who tried to use the telephant— No! No! I mean an elephone Who tried to use the telephone— (Dear me! I am not certain quite That even now I’ve got it right.) Howe’er it was, he got his trunk Entangled in the telephunk; The more he…

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Poem for Children: Dream Variations

DREAM VARIATIONS Langston Hughes, 1902 – 1967 To fling my arms wide In some place of the sun, To whirl and to dance Till the white day is done. Then rest at cool evening Beneath a tall tree While night comes on gently, Dark like me— That is my dream! To fling my arms wide…

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