Poems exploring the vivid worlds of the very young

Poems exploring the vivid worlds of the very young

Published on Thursday 28 March 2019

Childhood must be one of poetry’s very favourite subjects. Countless poems try to capture the light and shade of being very young – moments that lodge vividly in our adult memories.

This beautiful mini-anthology ventures off the beaten track with poems that will be new to many readers. From Seamus Heaney’s railway children full of hope and dreams to a baby entranced by mirrors and glass, we see the world in language that sparkles with newness.

Mimi Khalvati’s selection reflects her fascination with how we learn to talk and read, and there are poems about a first encounter with books and about children from different cultures playing ball and swapping words in a village square.

Mimi Khalvati is an award-winning poet and founder of the Poetry School.

  • Poems exploring the vivid worlds of the very young

    Poems exploring the vivid worlds of the very young

    Published on Thursday 28 March 2019

    Childhood must be one of poetry’s very favourite subjects. Countless poems try to capture the light and shade of being very young – moments that lodge vividly in our adult memories. This beautiful mini-anthology ventures off the beaten track with poems that will be new to many readers. From Seamus Heaney’s railway children full of […]

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  • Celebrating the glory of trees

    Celebrating the glory of trees

    Published on Monday 4 March 2019

    Many of us have a favourite tree.  It may be one we remember from childhood – a tree we loved to climb in or swing from or hide behind. Or perhaps it’s one of the ancient and majestic yews or oaks that stand sentinel in churchyards and on village greens, hardly seeming to change as […]

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  • Poems exploring the warp and weft of marriage

    Poems exploring the warp and weft of marriage

    Published on Monday 4 February 2019

    “If ever two were one, then surely we.” So says the seventeenth-century poet Anne Bradstreet. These days, her portrayal of the marriage bond as one of unconditional mutual devotion might underestimate the complexity of the husband/wife relationship. The other poems in this vivid and entertaining mini-anthology – published just in time for Valentine’s Day – […]

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