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Favorite Poems of Childhood
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The Land of Nod by Robert Louis Stevenson
Where do you think dreams come from?
The Cat of Cats by William Brighty Rands
Why does he cat call itself the "everlasting cat"? (p. 2)
Trees by Joyce Kilmer
What do you think the poet means when she says, "I think that I shall never see/A poem lovely as a tree"? (p. 10)
Nurse's Song by William Blake
What does the poet mean when he says, "My heart is at rest within my breast,/And everything else is still"?
Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll
What happens in this poem? (pp. 16-17)
Why do you think Carroll made up so many words for this poem?
Do you like this poem even though you don't know what the words mean?
The Little Elf by John Kendrick Bangs
What does the little Elfman mean when he says, "I'm quite as big for me . . ./As you are big for you!"?
Laughing Song by William Blake
Why do you think Blake uses the word "laugh" so much? (p. 44)
What do you think this poem means?
The Rhyme of Dorothy Rose by Pauline Frances Camp
Why does Dorothy Rose end up being a "charming child"? (p. 53)
Mr. Coggs, Watchmaker by Edward Verrall Lucas
Why do you think Mr. Coggs pretends to dislike it when the children bring him their watches for him to fix? (p. 57)
Little Boy Blue by Eugene Field
The poem ends with this: "What has become of our Little Boy Blue/Since he kissed them [the toys] and put them there." What is your answer to that question? (p. 58)
The Quangle Wangle's Hat by Edward Lear
What do you think the Quangle Wangle looks like? What do you think it is? (pp. 59-61)
The Raggedy Man by James Whitcomb Riley
Why does the boy in the poem want to like the Raggedy Man when he grows up? (p. 65)
Great Fleas Have Little Fleas by A. De Morgan
What do you think this poem is saying about the world we live in? Does it remind you of anything you have learned in science or biology? If so, what? (p. 65)
The Peppery Man by Arthur Macy
Why do you think the Peppery Man is so angry all the time? (p. 67)
The Tyger by William Blake
Why does the poet wonder if "he who made the lamb" also made the Tyger (Tiger)? (p. 71)
In the beginning of the poem the poet asks what immortal "could frame" or make the Tyger (Tiger). At the end of the poem the poet asks what immortal would "dare frame" or make the Tyger. Why do you think the poet changes his question at the end of the poem? (p. 71)
Windy Nights by Robert Louis Stevenson
Why does the man "gallop and gallop about?" (p. 74)
I'm Nobody! Who Are You? by Emily Dickinson
Why do you think the poet calls herself "Nobody"? (p. 83)
Why do you think "they" would "banish" a "Nobody"? (p. 83)
Why do you think the poet thinks it would be "dreary" to be "Somebody"? (p. 83)
Eldorado by Edgar Allan Poe
Why do you think a shadow has come over the knight's heart? (p. 84)
Do you think the shade (the ghost) gives the knight good advice ("Ride, boldly ride")? (p. 84)
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