Poetry is probably the highest form of language, in my opinion. In any language. In no other written art form can you find both succinct use of words and lovely, stark images to such a degree. I have always been a reader of poetry. In fact, you may not know this but I was a published poet myself for a while. I mean, I guess I still am. I just stopped writing it when I met my beautiful husband. Turns out I can write some really deep stuff when I’m feeling lonely or melancholy, but not so much when I’m happy. And since I’ve been happy for the better part of 17 years, I stopped trying. But lines still pop into my head from time to time. And I still jot them down in a journal. Because I like to think in poetry still. I like to look at the world and think of it in beautiful ways. I’m a writer, y’all–I’m always describing my surroundings to myself and running an inner dialog.
I want my boys to look at the world through poets’ eyes, too, even if they never write a verse outside of school. In this age of text speech, it’s important to me to teach them to think whole thoughts and have a reality based in real words.
Reading Halloween poems with your littles
Poetry is, hands-down, the best way to teach figurative language. Metaphors, similes, personification, hyerbole, alliteration, onomatopoeia–they can all be found in poetry. Combining the lessons of figurative language with poetry kills two birds: you get to learn about the language while figuring out what the poem means. How can you not crush on that? Reading poetry with your kids might scare you a little, but it can be fun when it’s part of gearing up for a holiday. If you make it part of your holiday tradition, it will become less and less daunting.
This year, I wanted to put together a cool little ‘book’ of poetry for the boys and I to read and discuss together this month and then I thought, “Wait, I bet I know a slew of other people who would appreciate that!”
So I’m going to give it to you. You know I’m cool like that.
The great thing about these Halloween poems is that they are all relatively easy to follow while still being plumb full of figurative language. Win!