Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Poetry Recitation

As part of our requirements of School we have always thought Charlotte Mason's Poetry to be very important. As we have gone through our schooling with the children, this has been a theme I always come back to. The older children can still recite the poems they learnt as young children and I love to hear them recite still.

I do believe this helps to train the memory.

Currently the children are choosing their own poems and this one by Robert Louis, Stevenson, (1850–1894), was learnt by Vellvin in just over two weeks. She recited it to me today..word perfect!

Night and Day from - A Child’s Garden of Verses

WHEN the golden day is done.
Through the closing portal,
Child and garden, flower and sun,
Vanish all things mortal.

As the blinding shadows fall
As the rays diminish,
Under evening’s cloak, they all
Roll away and vanish.

Garden darkened, daisy shut,
Child in bed, they slumber—
Glow-worm in the highway rut,
Mice among the lumber.

In the darkness houses shine,
Parents move with candles;
Till on all, the night divine
Turns the bedroom handles.

Till at last the day begins
In the east a-breaking,
In the hedges and the whins
Sleeping birds a-waking.

In the darkness shapes of things,
Houses, trees and hedges,
Clearer grow; and sparrow’s wings
Beat on window ledges.

These shall wake the yawning maid;
She the door shall open—
Finding dew on garden glade
And the morning broken.

There my garden grows again
Green and rosy painted,
As at eve behind the pane
From my eyes it fainted.

Just as it was shut away,
Toy-like in the even,
Here I see it glow with day
Under glowing heaven.

Every path and every plot,
Every bush of roses,
Every blue forget-me-not
Where the dew reposes,

“Up!” they cry, “the day is come
On the smiling valleys:
We have beat the morning drum;
Playmate, join your allies!”

Great job dear Vellvin


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