Thursday, April 26, 2012

Poetry in the Park

We are having a "Poetry in the Park" day this month for recitation. Jane is going to do her Elegy in a Churchyard by Thomas Gray. Jacob learned four verses or "All Things Bright and Beautiful" (I like how it is all about nature) and Scarlet learned the first verse (she loves doing her poem at recitation- I wouldn't have been caught dead doing that when I was three). Charlie is going to recite "The Arrow and the Song" by Longfellow. This poem is great for him because it's story like and he's interested in bows and arrows right now, but the best part is how it reminds us of our dear friend Milo. Milo used to visit and recite Longfellow to us. So we always think of Milo when we read this poem because he inspired us to love Longfellow. Charlie is planning a little visit to his house soon so he can recite a poem for him in return.

The Arrow and the Song.
"The Arrow and the Song," by Longfellow (1807-82)

I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.

I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong
That it can follow the flight of song?

Long, long afterward, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.

Henry W. Longfellow.

1 comment:

Tisha said...

when are your guys coming to North Carolina?!! I'm dying for our kids to play together! I have a feeling charlie and Adley (and all the rest...especially the "ezras") would be great friends! (did I tell you how adley still talks about charlie's "bed of nails" video :-) please come soon! we'll have the calls come up and we'll have a great big friend feast with all 13 of our little biscuits!!