I wonder if our grandparents cared more about poetry than later generations. I think I've heard from someone that teaching children poetry is good for their learning development. Something about rhyme, repitition and rhythm.
Did anyone else have A Child's Garden of Verses read to them?
"When I was sick and lay abed . . ."
I had two pillows at my head
and all of my toys beside me lay
to keep me happy all the day
and sometimes for an hour or so
I watched the leaden soldiers go
with different uniforms and drill
amongst the beadpost thourgh the hills...... your turn
I remember a few Christopher Robin poems, lots of Odgen Nash, one of the first long poems I learned was The Ballad of Nancy Hanks.
Most of the nursery rhymes from "The Annotated Mother Goose"
I used to know "Annie and Willies Prayer", "Somebodies Mother", "Echoless Shores" but was just very surprised to find out I did not remember them in their entirety.