From the Garden to the Street: Three Hundred Years of Poetry for Children

Paperback | June 1, 1997

byMorag Styles

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From John Bunyan's 'country rhimes' to rude chants about Manchester United, from Ted Hughes to Edward Lear, and from William Blake to the Taylor sisters, Morag Styles covers three hundred years of poetry with infectious enthusiasm and a keen critical eye. In this scholarly and fascinating book, she provides an informative account of the history of poetry written for children in Britain and America in the last three centuries. She analyses the major poets, genres and developments over this period, and traces the continuities between the past and the present. Styles asks fundamental questions which have often been left unanswered: What do we mean by children's poetry? Why did such a seemingly small number of women write poetry for children until recently? The author subscribes to the widest possible definition of poetry, and so the reader will find in this book hymns, songs, playground rhymes, raps and verse - whether trivial or profound. From the Garden to the Street will provoke, inform and entertain academics of children's literature, those who teach it in the classroom, and all of us who still take pleasure in the poetry of childhood.

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From John Bunyan's 'country rhimes' to rude chants about Manchester United, from Ted Hughes to Edward Lear, and from William Blake to the Taylor sisters, Morag Styles covers three hundred years of poetry with infectious enthusiasm and a keen critical eye. In this scholarly and fascinating book, she provides an informative account of th...

Morag Styles is Reader in Children's Literature and Education at the University of Cambridge, UK, where she is Fellow of Homerton College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:June 1, 1997Publisher:Bloomsbury

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ISBN - 10:0304332224

ISBN - 13:9780304332229

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"A necessary addition to the scant existing scholarship on the history of poetry for children....Her enthusiasm for poetry across the centuries is contagious, and both the poets and poems she examines will provide other serious scholars of children's poetry a starting place for continued study of their own."--Children's Literature Association Quarterly, Winter 2000