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The Aesthetics of Children's Poetry

A Study of Children's Verse in English, 1st Edition

Edited by Katherine Wakely-Mulroney, Louise Joy

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264 pages

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Description

This collection gives sustained attention to the literary dimensions of children’s poetry from the eighteenth century to the present. While reasserting the importance of well-known voices, such as those of Isaac Watts, William Blake, Lewis Carroll, Christina Rossetti, A. A. Milne, and Carol Ann Duffy, the contributors also reflect on the aesthetic significance of landmark works by less frequently celebrated figures such as Richard Johnson, Ann and Jane Taylor, Cecil Frances Alexander and Michael Rosen. Scholarly treatment of children’s poetry has tended to focus on its publication history rather than to explore what comprises – and why we delight in – its idiosyncratic pleasures. And yet arguments about how and why poetic language might appeal to the child are embroiled in the history of children’s poetry, whether in Isaac Watts emphasising the didactic efficacy of “like sounds,” William Blake and the Taylor sisters revelling in the beauty of semantic ambiguity, or the authors of nonsense verse jettisoning sense to thrill their readers with the sheer music of poetry. Alive to the ways in which recent debates both echo and repudiate those conducted in earlier periods, The Aesthetics of Children’s Poetry investigates the stylistic and formal means through which children’s poetry, in theory and in practice, negotiates the complicated demands we have made of it through the ages.

Table of Contents

PART I INTRODUCTION





1 Introduction



Katherine Wakely-Mulroney and Louise Joy





 



PART II FORM





2 Rhythm



Derek Attridge





3 Free Play Revisited: the Poetics of Repetition in Blake’s Songs of Innocence



Corinna Russell





4 Play



James Williams





5 Poetry in Prose: Lewis Carroll’s Sylvie and Bruno Books



Katherine Wakely-Mulroney





6 The Rational Gothic: The Case of Ann Taylor’s "The Hand-Post"



Donelle Ruwe





 



PART III EMBODIMENT





7 The Laughing Child: Children’s Poetry and the Comic Mode



Louise Joy





8 "We may not know, we cannot tell": Religion and Reserve in Victorian Children’s Poetics



Kirstie Blair





9 Nursery Rhymes: Poetry, Language, and the Body



Debbie Pullinger





10 "That Terrible Bugaboo": The Role of Music in Poetry for Children



Michael Heyman





11 Cognitive Poetics and The Aesthetics of Children’s Poetry: A Primer of Possibilities



Karen Coats





12 Inner Animals: Nature in Ted Hughes’s Poems for Children



David Whitley





 



PART IV TASTE





13 Children, Poetry, and the Eighteenth-Century School Anthology



Andrew O’Malley





14 Selection



Andrea Immel





15 Anthologies



Seth Lerer





 



Index

About the Editors

Katherine Wakely-Mulroney is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and Louise Joy is a Fellow and College Lecturer in English at Homerton College, Cambridge, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General