We’ve branched out with a poetry tree

10 Aug
Fluttering: Leaves of literature

Fluttering: Leaves of literature

I’m proud to announce a very special addition to the flora of our garden: a poetry tree. And it’s all because of Head Gardener Amanda’s English literature teacher.

Many years ago, when she joined his A Level class, she was forced to admit she hadn’t come across much poetry yet. The starting point her teacher chose for her was the verse of Thomas Hardy.

Amanda says it was pretty hard going for a 17-year-old, especially as she thought poetry was very much a matter of personal interpretation. Her teacher disagreed – as far as he was concerned his opinion was the only one – so some interesting discussions ensued.

Because she had such an uninspiring introduction to this branch of literature, as an adult, she’s always been determined to do what she can to make it accessible and interesting for today’s youngsters. Hence, her innovative tree.

She began by hanging it with a selection of fun verses for children – and asked our visitors to contribute some writing of their own. Even she wasn’t prepared for the response. As you’ll see if you come and visit for yourself, our tree is covered with some amazing work.

In the meantime, here’s a selection for you to enjoy:

There was an old scarecrow called Jake.
Who tripped on the garden rake.
The chickens all flapped.
The gardener clapped.
And they all had a party at 8.

By the Toddlers of Cockermouth

Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs are big

Dinosaurs like to dig

By Joseph, aged 4

O Immortal Tree
O immortal tree
With words, like fruit upon your branches
Blooming
For youthful eyes and ears

Though seasons may pass
And the wind may shake you
Your words are everlasting
Planted in memory

O immortal tree
I see a child playing around you
Reading
Paper- your familiar

He grows
And writes his own words
Engraved upon paper
And on our lives

O immortal tree!
I see him
Watching the wondering souls seeking
Inspiration

By Ella Yaron (3) and Emily Ayles (17)

William and Dorothy would be impressed!

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One Response to “We’ve branched out with a poetry tree”

  1. Bill Paul August 11, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    I saw that poem for the first time yesterday afternoon when I was having a wander in the garden after an afternoon in the house. I must have read it a dozen times already, and no doubt will read it many times again. Congratulations to Ella and Emily for a poem that displays maturity and beauty far beyond what could be expected from ones so young. When are you publishing your first volume?

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