I am not a recreational poetry reader—though I have enjoyed a literature class or two in the past—and so it never occurred to me that it might be beneficial to my babies to read poetry to them. However, it seems to be a principle of the Charlotte Mason (CM) educational method that children benefit from hearing the sounds and cadences of good poetry and should be exposed to it regularly from a young age. This follows the CM concept that we should feed children’s minds with good things so that they are acquainted with excellence. I plan to blog on all that sometime, if only to learn it better myself. Anyway…
I shouldn’t be at all surprised that Wilson’s initial response to poetry is less than rapturous. His thinking is so analytical and practical that he may never enjoy a poem for the beauty of it. He’s going to listen to at least one a day anyway. Here are some typical comments in response to his daily dose of Robert Louis Stevenson:
* The wind doesn’t really sing. That’s not true.
* Kids don’t go to bed before the sun. That’s not true. (We had a 30-minute discussion on this, and he still didn’t get it.)
* You can’t really see other lands when you’re in a swing. That’s not true.
His most common insight into a poem relates to its length. So far, only once has he responded to a reading with, “I like that one.” When asked why, he said, “It’s short!”