Popular poems

Mar 2014
Students studying the Kumon English Programme look at poetry in some of the higher levels of the programme

Poetry is often the unsung hero of the literary world and yet is one of the oldest forms of creative writing.

Here are some poems definitely worth a read:
  1. To Autumn by John Keats - a beautiful romantic poem about the turning of the seasons with possibly the most well-known beginning: "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness."
  2. If by Rudyard Kipling -  sound advice to live by, because "Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it."
  3. A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns - the epitome of romance: "I will luve thee still, my dear, While the sands o' life shall run."
  4. Join Wordsworth as he "Wandered lonely as a cloud..and dances with the daffodils." Kumon students examine this poem when looking at interpretation.
  5. Jabberwocky by Lewis Carol: "Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!" a spine tingling poem!
  6. Puppy and I by A.A. Milne, simply sweet as our narrator chooses a path to follow: "I met a Man as I went walking: We got talking, Man and I."
Most of the earliest forms of poetry were forms of epic poem, some of which date back centuries, to at least 2,000 B.C. It is believed that one of the most famous ancient Greek writers, Homer, wrote the 'Iliad' and 'Odyssey' some time in 850 B.C.

The ancient Greeks also used poetry in music and theatre. Today, a lot of Rap music follows the same structures, rhyme schemes and meters associated with poetry.

Students studying the Kumon English Programme look at poetry in some of the higher levels of the programme, to broaden their reading horizons. The poems explored are also used to highlight figurative language such as metaphor, simile and symbols, and the effect these have on the reader. Students are also asked to examine passages of poetry as they learn how to interpret texts and deepen their understanding of the meanings within texts.

For these and so many other reasons, why not take this opportunity to read some poetry.