Day #38-Poetry Month Coda

Studio 360 posted the following photo of a poem written by a 1st grader as the best poem of 2014. I would agree that there is something universally appealing about this child’s observations created with considerable attention to phonics, not spelling:.

first_grade_poem_embed

 

We did the soft wind.
We danst slowly. We swrld
Aroned. We danst soft.
We lisin to the mozik.
We danst to the mozik. 
We made personal space. 

I have been telling my Advanced Placement English Literature class that “poetry communicates before it is understood,” attributing the quote to T.S. Eliot. The unnamed 1st grade poet of the poem above communicates the slow, swirling, soft relationship between music and dance in seven short statements on six lines of verse. What does it matter if the reader may never understand if the personal space for the poet is made because of the room needed for the dance or the space made personal by the dance ?

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