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  35. Parting
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  48. Stages of Life
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Subject Index - For Children

This section of the Subject Index focuses on poems for children. Many are story-poems, or simple rhymes, or various types of light verse, though some are cautionary tales (Hillaire Belloc, for instance) some are instructional, and some are serious.

Children like poems for the simple reason that the rhymes and rhythms appeal to them, and are easy to remember. Remamber that for many children, especially young children, learning is more an act of memorization by example than reading.

For poems about children, see the Family section of the Subject Index. NOte that you will see multiple entries for several poets here - poets who specifically wrote for children as well as adults.

Poetry is a theorem of a yellow-silk handkerchief knotted with riddles, sealed in a ballon tied to the tail of a kite flying in a white wind against a blue sky in spring. --Carl Sandburg



  1. Wynken, Blynken, and Nod by Eugene Field


  2. The Duel by Eugene Field


  3. The Sugar-Plum Tree by Eugene Field


  4. The Owl and the Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear
    The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea
    In a beautiful pea-green boat


  5. The Jumblies by Edward Lear
    They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
    In a Sieve they went to sea


  6. All things bright and beauteous by Cecil Frances Alexander
    This is an English Hymn, in the instructional catregory, though the lines have been made into book titles familiar to many.


  7. Robert Louis Stevenson
  8. From a Railway Carriage from A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson


  9. Bed in Summer from A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson


  10. My Shadow from A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson


  11. The Microbe from More Beasts fro Worse Children by Hilaire Belloc


  12. Jim from Cautionary Tales by Hilaire Belloc
    Who ran away from his Nurse and was eaten by a Lion


  13. Rebecca from Cautionary Tales by Hilaire Belloc
    Who Slammed Doors For Fun And Perished Miserably


  14. Against Idleness and Mischief by Isaac Watts



  15. Against Quarreling and Fighting by Isaac Watts


  16. Soup Beautiful Soup from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


  17. Young and Old by Charles Kingsley


  18. A Farewell to C.E.G. by Charles Kingsley



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