Songs of Innocence, an illustrated collection of 19 poems by William Blake is published in 1789, followed by Songs of Experience (26 poems) published in 1794, including the well-known poem, “The Tyger" which begins:
"Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?"
I like newcomer David Elliott’s animal poems in gorgeous large size picture books each illustrated by Holly Meade. He paints a quick and poetic picture of an animal with a few key words, often stretching children’s vocabularies with his poems. So far, his poetry for young people includes:
Elliott, David. 2008. On the Farm. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
Elliott, David. 2010. In the Wild. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
Elliott, David. 2012. In the Sea. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
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