Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Blast from the Poetry Past: 1789

More history of poetry... 

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?"

Contemporary Connections

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.

Posting by Sylvia M. Vardell © 2013. All rights reserved.

Image credit: Fastcodesign.com;blakearchive.org


Linda at teacherdance said...

I like that cover of the Songs of Innocence, Sylvia, & I do like Elliott's poetry, too.

catherinemjohnson said...

Lovely poems!

laurasalas said...

THat cover's of Blake's is intriguing--all that motion. I love Elliott's animal poems! What a cool series you're doing, Sylvia.

tempat wisata di bandung said...

I love the cover ... specific ..

Robyn Hood Black said...

Crazy for Blake, and I just mentioned David Elliot's books with Holly Meade's incredible prints last week on my art blog. Thanks for this great post!