Friday, April 2, 2010

April Is National Poetry Month

I'm not a huge poetry reader (although I was in my college days), but I do have several collections by poets I love: Yeats, Auden, Dorothy Parker. Another of my favorite poets is Robert Louis Stevenson. When I was young, I owned a copy of A Child's Garden of Verses. These poems never cease to remind me of my childhood and, for that reason, they remain some of my favorite poetry to this day. My sister and I had a swingset in our backyard and we loved to repeat this poem while swinging out over the grass:

The Swing
by Robert Louis Stevenson

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside--

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown--
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!


Anonymous said...

This poem is such a nice introduction to spring! :)

Lexi said...

That's true!