Belt up your kirtles and hold onto your snoods. Fleas, Flies, and Friars: Children’s Poetry from the Middle Ages by Nicholas Orme (Cornell University Press, May 2012) presents a variety of verse from days of yore. After a brief context-setting chapter (“Children’s Poetry from the Middle Ages”), Orme provides sections on “Growing Up,” “Words, Rhymes, and Songs,” “Manners Maketh Man,” “Stories,” and “School Days” (further reading, notes, and an index are appended). The text explores the social history of medieval childhood; more fun, though, are the pieces themselves. Here’s a tongue-twister: “Three grey greedy geese / Flew o’er three green greasy furrows; / The geese were grey and greedy, / The furors green and greasy.” And here’s one of the “Rude Remarks”: “Hur! Hur! / The shrew bears the bur!” Oh, well; kids shalt be kids.
Ye olde children’s poetry
January 4, 2013 by Leave a Comment
Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Transformations
On October 2-3 2015, join an esteemed group of award-winning authors, illustrators, librarians, and other children’s book experts and aficionados in Boston, MA, for a memorable two-day event celebrating the best in children’s and young adult literature. Confirmed speakers include 2015 BOSTON GLOBE HORN–BOOK AWARD recipients Candace Fleming, Marla Frazee, Jon Agee, Gregory Maguire, and Neal Shusterman, plus a special keynote appearance by Susan Cooper.