As the Person of Poetry for several classes, I seek poems each week that I believe will make the listeners think, laugh, ponder, and wonder. One of my favorites is Caroline Kennedy's A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poems for Children. Last month, her second book of collected poems was released: Poems to Learn By Heart.
In the introduction, she says so many important things about why poetry and memorizing poems are important:
"In today's world, where it is so easy to look things up, we discount the value of memorization.""Poets distill life's lessons into the fewest possible words. But those tiny packages of thought countain worlds of images and experiences and feeling."
- Here I Am (self poems)
- I Dreamed I Had to Pick A Mother Out (family poems)
- I'm Expecting You! (friendship and love poems)
- I Met a Little Elf-Man, Once (fantastical creatures in poems)
- Where Can a Man Buy a Cap for His Knee? (poems of nonsense)
- It Is the Duty of the Student (school poems)
- We Dance Round in a Ring and Suppose (sport and game poems)
- Four Score and Seven Years Ago (war poems)
- The World is So Full of a Number of Things (nature poems)
- Extra Credit (quite long poems)
There are so many wonderful things about this book. Now I need to try memorizing some of the poems I love.