Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Memories of Poems

I found two poems today that I had memorized as a child. As I read them to my four year old, I realized that I still knew them.

This reminded me how important memorization is to our education.

Here are the poems;

Hunter Trials 
 By John Betjeman

It's awf'lly bad luck on Diana,
Her ponies have swallowed their bits :
She fished down their throats with a spanner
And frightened them all into fits.

So now she's attempting to borrow.
Do lend her some bits, Mummy, do;
I'll lend her my own for tomorrow,
But today I'll be wanting them too.

Just look at Prunella on Guzzle,
The wizardest pony on earth;
Why doesn't she slacken his muzzle
And tighten the breech in his girth?

I say, Mummy, there's Mrs Geyser
And doesn't she look pretty sick?
I bet it's because Mona Lisa
Was hit on the hock with a brick.

Miss Blewitt says Monica threw it,
But Monica says it was Joan,
And Joan's very thick with Miss Blewitt,
So Monica's sulking alone.

And Margaret failed in her paces,
Her withers got tied in a noose,
So her coronets caught in the traces
And now all her fetlocks are loose.

Oh, it's me now. I'm terribly nervous.
I wonder if Smudges will shy.
She's practically certain to swerve as
Her Pelham is over one eye.

Oh wasn't it naughty of Smudges?
Oh, Mummy, I'm sick with disgust.
She threw me in front of the Judges,
And my silly old collarbone's bust.


Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if their is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep 
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

How to do add poetry to your homeschool?

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1 comment:

  1. Oh, thank you so much! I so love reading poetry to my kids. I haven't asked them to memorize, but you know, I am not sure why not. I had to memorize quite a bit as a child, and, as I was so shy and enjoyed that sort of thing so much, I actually memorized a ton of poems "just for fun" when I was small. You have brought back such lovely memories for me. Thank you so much.

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